LIFE FRONT – removing barriers for flammable refrigerants

In a bid to remove barriers currently facing flammable refrigerants in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) applications, the EU’s new project ‘Flammable Refrigerant Options for Natural Technologies – Improved standards & product design for their safe use (FRONT)’, aims to help increase the availability of suitable alternatives.

The project is funded under LIFE, the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the bloc.

LIFE FRONT is a demonstration project with best-practice elements, combining two main objectives under the EU’s Climate Action – Climate Change Mitigation 2016 priority area.

The project is led by shecco, in coordination with five other partners including AHT, ait-deutschland (AIT), European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation  (ECOS), HEAT, and NIBE. The project began in mid-June 2017 and work will continue until end-July 2020.

Project objectives

The project will result in Europe’s largest leakage size and simulation database for equipment using flammable refrigerants, as well as testing of different configurations of equipment with increased refrigerant charge to determine to which extent it is safe to operate with higher amounts of flammable refrigerants.

Among other, the main project objectives are:

  • Support the EU and international standardisation process for flammable refrigerants
  • Reduce safety risks from improved system design for air-conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump applications using flammable refrigerants
  • Engage in technology capacity-building for EU equipment manufacturers
  • Remove non-technological knowledge barriers across relevant European groups
  • Improve Europe’s competitiveness for RACHP equipment using non-fluorinated refrigerant alternatives
  • Support an effective and timely achievement of the EU 2030 climate targets

Join the action

LIFE FRONT aims to create the Standards Action Group «FRONT», a voluntary group of system manufacturers, end-users, trade bodies, the research community, national authorities and NPOs interested in the development of EU and international standards on product, environmental or safety requirements for flammable refrigerants.

If you are interested to join the Standards Action Group “FRONT” or get more information about the project, please send a message to

Join the Standards Action Group «FRONT»
Nina Masson

Open the discussion

We welcome your comments, questions or suggestions on how to get involved with LIFE FRONT.
Alvaro de Oña
Group COO
shecco group