World’s first B2B platform for Hydrocarbons goes live!

By Sabine Lobnig, Feb 02, 2009, 07:30 3 minute reading

Today, 2 February, sees the light as the first online source to exclusively focus on natural hydrocarbon refrigerants. Offering latest news, products and trends, its goal is to become THE reference source for the hydrocarbons industry. is going live. As the first interactive information hub on natural hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants, it will offer news, products & services, papers, policy updates, and events listings needed to keep the HC industry worldwide updated. Its ultimate goal is to spur the global use of HCs, including propane, isobutane or propylene, in cooling & heating solutions where their application can be safe and environmentally superior to synthetic refrigerants. Besides being a showcase for hydrocarbon components, systems and engineering services, the site will facilitate information exchange among engineers, the supplying industry, manufacturers, the scientific world, and anyone with an interest in the environmentally benign and highly energy-efficient refrigerants. It is therefore the first Business to Business (B2B) platform online exclusively focusing on hydrocarbons.

"So why hydrocarbons21? Simply put, the 21st century will be the century of sustainability and hydrocarbons as natural refrigerants have an important role to play. This new B2B platform will help the hydrocarbons industry meet this challenge. Expect over the coming weeks new partners, new products, and cutting-edge news," says Marc Chasserot, Managing Director, Shecco.

As a reference source for the industry, will actively promote open discussions about the suitability of HCs in different applications and best strategies to ensure their safe use. at a glance

The new B2B platform offers the following services:

News: Regular news in the categories Product, Industry, Policy, and Events will keep the HC community updated on latest developments affecting the spread of hydrocarbons. Once subscribed to our news alerts, you will receive short notifications when a new article has been published. Subscribe to the news now on the top right of each page!

Products & Services: A database of refrigerant, components, and system suppliers for HC technology, as well as consultancy and engineering services will make it easy for the industry and academia to find the right provider or partner for commercialization and research projects. To advertise your products & services, simply contact us.

Papers: The first online collection of papers, studies, presentations, standards and articles exclusively dedicated to hydrocarbon refrigerants. A one-stop knowledge resource for industry experts and researchers, as well as international organisations and politicians.

Policies: A growing summary of key policy documents, industry standards, and guidelines from different parts of the world. Relevant legislation in the U.S., Europe, Australia, China, and Japan is already available, with more initiatives and world regions to be added soon.

Events: A list of conferences, meetings, and trade fairs of relevance for the HC refrigeration industry. Featured items will draw your attention to major events of interest. If you want to advertise your conference or trade fair, please contact us.

What next?

Over the coming months, will add more products and services, papers and policies. More importantly, the site will become a truly interactive platform for the HC Community worldwide by adding a discussion forum, groups, a members search and other networking tools to connect industry, science and policy.

Input needed!

We welcome your input on how to improve to cater the needs of all professionals in the field. Feel free to send us news that might be of interest to the HC community, or share with us your ideas, questions, and feedback. at: 

Background is an initiative by Shecco, a Brussels-based consultancy offering marketing and communications services to support the deployment of climate friendly technologies. Shecco is building on the success of its first platform, - the world’s leading B2B platform on the natural refrigerant CO2 - to launch The mention "21" on the website’s name symbolizes the challenges, but also opportunities, mankind will face in the 21st century. Hydrocarbons as climate-friendly refrigerants will contribute their share so that today's and future generations can make the 21st century a century of sustainability. Moreover, it also refers to the age of adulthood and maturity - just as hydrocarbon technology is a technically mature alternative ready to replace many more harmful F-gases worldwide today.


By Sabine Lobnig

Feb 02, 2009, 07:30

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