Epta once again proves its commitment to sustainable development by becoming Premium Exhibitor of the Virtual Trade Show: the first totally virtual fair dedicated to natural refrigerants, promoted by the ATMOsphere; a division of Shecco, live online from 1 to 2 September 2020.

A truly unique event which will be live for 24 hours, will travel “around the world” commencing in Europe and following all time zones will continue to the Middle East and Africa, followed by North, Central and South America, finally drawing to a close on 2 September in Asia Pacific. A “virtual tour” without precedents for the cold industry, which has the ambitious goal of uniting a public of experts of global excellence, to share the most interesting aspects of cutting-edge technologies for natural refrigeration.

Epta has always been ready to respond, with its vast range of products and services, the continued drive to make stores of any size and in any climate condition ever more energy efficient. 100% of the remote cabinets from the Group’s brands are already powered by CO2 R744; a natural refrigerant with an admirable GWP of 1. Finally, Epta has long since continued its renewal of its ranges of plug-ins and cabinets with incorporated units from all its brands with versions powered by propane R290, or other gases with lower GWP.

The event will also be an opportunity to illustrate the Life-C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration project by Epta and co-funded by the European Union and the goals already reached.

It is a three-year plan, which will end in 2021, originally created with the aim of raising the awareness of all players in the sector to the use of increasingly efficient solutions and demonstrating how it is possible to completely replace HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical CO2,anywhere in the world. At the heart of Life-C4R, there is the patented FTE 2.0 Full transcritical Efficiency system and the subcooler ETE Extreme Temperature Efficiency technology, identified by the European Union as deserving of special attention thanks to its combined efficiency and simplicity.

To participate in the inaugural Virtual Trade Show simply access the dedicated portal https://atmo-marketplace.com: an easy-to-navigate and visually appealing website, which will allow “visitors” to cross the exhibition rooms and participate in webinars and networks, recreating the feeling of a physical event. During the live event, the exhibitors will be able to interact with the participants through real-time chat and audio and video functions.

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Epta, with its project Life-C4R Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration, is Platinum Sponsor of the sixth edition of the IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain 2020.

It is a biennial event, supported by the International Institute of Refrigeration and recognised globally as one of the most advanced events in the cold chain. Since its initial launch, the event has had the ambitious goal of bringing together the international public of experts, researchers and industrialists with all the latest news and key technological trends in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump segments. A moment of information, sharing, and exchange, to promote an increasingly sustainable culture in the HVAC&R sector and aim at the growth of the entire sector.

Among the topics at the centre of the debate of this sixth edition of ICCC 2020 in Nantes from 26 to 28 August will be, for example, food quality and safety in the cold chain, energy efficiency, new eco-design of equipment, refrigerants of the future and technological innovations.

We are firmly convinced that “knowing” is now more than ever the key to making “sustainable” choices in any field. This is why we are so proud to sponsor this sixth edition of the ICCC 2020, whose aims are perfectly in line with the philosophy behind the EPTA Life-C4R project, co-funded by the EU, designed to accelerate the implementation of the highly efficient transcritical CO2 natural refrigeration systems”, comments Francesco Mastrapasqua, Project Leader Life-C4R of Epta. He continues, “This is a three-year plan, which will end in 2021, created precisely to raise awareness among the scientific community, component suppliers and all players in the retail world to the use of increasingly efficient solutions and show how HCFC and HFC refrigerants can be completely replaced by transcritical CO2, anywhere in the world.” He concludes, “Our participation as a sponsor demonstrates further evidence of the responsible approach of the Company, also in view of the great impact of the HVAC&R sector on global energy consumption.

More information on the event programme is available at the following link: https://iccc2020.sciencesconf.org/data/pages/ICCC2020_Previsional_program_at_a_glance_200305.pdf

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The management offices of Milan and the production sites of Limana, Casale Monferrato, Solesino and Pomezia of Epta obtain compliance with the Carbon Trust Standard (CTS) for the first time. This is an important international certification that attests, on the one hand, the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, expressed in tonnes of equivalent CO2 and, on the other hand, the definition of a strategic plan for continuous improvement of its performance for the future.

This objective of this Standard, obtained the world over by more than 1,100 companies, is to help guide industries, over time, to a responsible and optimal management of its greenhouse gas emissions, minimising its impact on the environment. A process of change made possible by a quantitative assessment process that, year after year, provides each operator with a precise performance framework, compared with that of the best performer in the same sector.

The Carbon Trust Standard (CTS) is based on three specific aspects: the complete collection of the data on energy consumption, the reduction of its Carbon Footprint in a given reference period and good management of its emissions, based on greenhouse gas monitoring. During the assessment period, Epta marked the achievement of a considerable milestone in 2019 with an absolute reduction of tCO2e emissions of 2.1% and a relative decrease in tco2e /worked hours of 6.3%, for an overall qualitative assessment score of 75%, which attests the Company’s contribution to combat climate change.

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Epta, with the Life-C4R project, globally sponsors the second edition of the #WorldRefrigerationDay. A day established on 26 June to honour William Thomson, inventor of the Kelvin scale and one of the fathers of thermodynamics.  The aim is to raise awareness among the industry and the public towards sustainable management of the entire cold chain: from the refrigeration sector to that of air-conditioning and heat pumps.

The initiative, which again this year boasts the support of the UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme), draws the attention of the entire Planet to the significant role that the HVACR sector plays, every day, in multiple aspects of people’s lives, charting the refrigeration route of the future, increasingly natural and sustainable.

A philosophy in line with the leitmotiv of the three-year Life C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration project by Epta, co-funded by the EU, with the aim of demonstrating that it is possible to completely replace HCFC and HFC with transcritical CO2, in order to reduce the carbon footprint and, at the same time, achieve a significant reduction in energy consumption.

In Spain Epta will sponsor the web conference Día Mundial de la Refrigeración and in Italy it will take part in the webinar entitled “The latest technologies in Conditioning and Refrigeration at the time of post Covid-19” organised by Centro Studi Galileo in association with ATFAssociazione dei Tecnici Italiani del Freddo (Association of Italian Refrigeration Technicians).  Some of the most authoritative Italian voices of the HVACR sector will take to the virtual stage, including Francesco Mastrapasqua, Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs Manager of Epta, who will give a talk on “Solutions for sustainable commercial refrigeration with zero climate impact”.

This is a unique opportunity to draw attention to the important goals achieved by Epta as part of the development of technologies that look to the future, to help guide the sector towards green alternatives. A veritable “sustainable revolution” carried on by Epta precisely to introduce ingenious natural refrigerant solutions to the market, in any climate zone.

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Marco Nocivelli awarded Order of Merit for Labour

The President of Italy Sergio Mattarella has awarded Marco Nocivelli an Order of Merit for Labour.
The Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Epta Group is one of the 25 entrepreneurs granted this title. Established in 1901, the Order of Merit for Labour is conferred each year on Republic Day to prominent figures who have stood out in the sectors of agriculture, industry, commerce, crafts, credit and insurance.
It is necessary to have operated in the sector continuously for at least twenty years in a position of leadership and to have made a significant contribution, through business, to economic growth, social development and innovation.
“It is a great honour to be awarded an Order of Merit for Labour. A recognition that also rewards the commitment and determination of all collaborators of the Group, who are the driving force at Epta in Italy and around the world,” stated Marco Nocivelli. “This is not a target reached but a new starting point for constant improvement, [we are] always ready to face the challenges of the market with confidence and to do our part to promote local development and increase the wellbeing of the community, which is more important than ever during this moment of national recovery”, he added. “On a personal level I feel invested with a huge responsibility, since I believe that entrepreneurs are called to set a good example for society in terms of integrity, transparency and ethics.” he concluded.
To date, 2,822 entrepreneurs have been awarded an “Order of Merit for Labour”, counting those proposed by the Italian Minister of Economic Development, Stefano Patuanelli, in consultation with the Italian Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Teresa Bellanova, who are named in the decree signed on 29 May by the President of Italy.
Below is a list of the 2020 recipients:
Maria Allegrini (Agriculture / viticulture - Veneto)
Antonio Campanile (Chemical industry - Umbria)
Giuseppe Castagna (Credit - Lombardy)
Lorenzo Coppini (Electroacoustic transducer industry - Tuscany)
Anna Maria Grazia Doglione (Iron and steel industry - Piedmont)
Ferruccio Ferragamo (Fashion - Tuscany)
Nicola Fiasconaro (Craft confectionery products - Sicily) Mario
Frandino (Food industry - Piedmont)
Maria Laura Garofalo (Private Healthcare - Lazio)
Alessandro Gilardi (Construction industry - Piedmont)
Guido Roberto Grassi Damiani (Jewelery - Abroad)
Giuseppe Maiello (Trade of perfumery - Campania)
Enrico Marchi (Airport activities - Veneto)
Luciano Martini (Food industry - Emilia Romagna)
Paolo Merloni (Household appliances industry - Marche)
Marco Nocivelli (Refrigeration - Lombardy)
Guido Ottolenghi (Port logistics - Emilia Romagna)
Gian Battista Parati (High specialization industry - Lombardy)
Umberto Pesce (Metalworking industry - Basilicata)
Federico Pittini (Steel industry - Friuli Venezia Giulia)
Giovanni Ravazzotti (Ceramic Industry - Abroad)
Giorgia Serrati (Trade of preserved fish - Liguria)
Silvia Stein (Knitwear - Veneto)
Maurizio Stirpe (Component industry - Lazio)
Guido Valentini (Metalworking Industry - Lombardy) 
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FTE, a new approach to natural refrigeration: Multi-award winning internationally, it is part of the Life-C4R project


More than 250 installations around the world and numerous awards are confirmation of the reliability of FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency by Epta. The system has already received appreciation all over Europe, which can be seen through the candidacy for finalist of the German Innovation Award for the climate and the environment (IKU), the German Refrigeration Award 2018, which rewards the development of innovative and energy-efficient technologies, the Italian award Sustainable Development 2018, which celebrates success in the green economy, the Perifem Award 2018, organised by the French association of Retail technical producers and, finally, the RAC Cooling Award 2017 – Refrigeration Innovation of the Year, key English event for the HVAC&R sector.

 FTE is an innovative technology and available on a large scale, the result of a new approach to natural refrigeration, which merges simplicity, reliability, functionality, energy saving and better performance, in any climate condition. Analysis of the results recorded in South America, Europe and Australia, is evidence of the excellence of the system and confirms a 10% energy saving (compared to a standard CO2 booster plant) and up to 20% lower installation and maintenance costs.

For the important and positive contribution it makes to lowering the greenhouse effect by reducing consumption and the exclusive use of CO2 as refrigerant, FTE has been identified as the key technology to protect the environment and the climate. It has been inserted into the prestigious project entitled Life-C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration, co-financed by the European Union in line with grant agreement n° LIFE 17 CCM/IT/000120. It is a three-year initiative (2018-2021), launched to raise awareness in the scientific community, among component suppliers and all the players in the Retail world on the use of increasingly efficient solutions. A further objective is to show how it is possible to completely replace HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical CO2, in a simple, efficient and reliable manner, anywhere in the world, thereby contributing to define the new standards and the technologies of the future for natural refrigeration.

The plan provides for three pilot projects in Italy, four replica prototypes in Spain and Romania installed with the Epta Iberia and DAAS partners, which will allow new data to be provided to confirm the thesis underlying Life-C4R.

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Italy is fighting an unprecedented health emergency, with a twofold objective: to contain, on the one hand, the spread of the infection and, on the other, the economic impact. In this context, many companies have taken action to support the worst-affected areas. These include Epta, represented by the Nocivelli and Triglio Godino families, which has stepped up ready to do its part, driven by a great sense of responsibility and recognition in respect of the territories in which its factories are operating.

From Limana (BL) to Solesino (PD), historic locations of the Costan and Eurocryor brands, and from Casale Monferrato (AL) to Pomezia (RM), historic locations of the Iarp and Misa brands, the Group has wanted to give a concrete and tangible sign of its presence, choosing to donate a total of over 1 million Euro to respond to the emergency with targeted initiatives. A true and proper solidarity relay, which has seen more than 50% of the amount go to local communities: €200,000 have been donated to ULSS (Local Health and social care services) 1 Dolomites, €100,000 to ULSS (Local Health and social care services) 6 Euganea, €200,000 to the City of Casale Monferrato and, finally, €100,000 to the City of Pomezia.

A further contribution of €500,000 has been allocated to fundraising for the San Raffaele Hospital of Milan, started by Anima Confindustria Meccanica, of which Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of Epta is President. A concrete and meaningful gesture, aimed at triplicating the intensive care units, equipping the hospital with an additional tensile structure that will host intensive care beds with all the assisted respiration and monitoring systems and, in the medium-long term, to support the study of a vaccine. The San Raffaele was chosen because it is one of the most brilliant examples of international scientific research.

Many difficult situations are emerging and local and regional authorities are trying to tackle them in the best possible way, deploying all the means at their disposal. But resources are not enough.” Marco Nocivelli President and CEO of Epta intervenes and continues, “That is why we have decided, driven by a strong sense of responsibility, to offer our support to all these places where Epta is present. A sign of the Company’s willingness to return what it has received to the territory and maintain a strong connection with its roots, expressing our gratitude and making our closeness felt.”

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The adoption of technologies and new shopping tools, made available through digital connectivity is growing steadily. The consumers are increasingly in search of innovative solutions to make purchases safely and easily, minimising travel and queues. A concept that is now, more than ever, strengthened by the restriction obligations that are encouraging its rapid spread. The current situation is also leading to the emergence and affirmation of alternative solutions, to serve users. In this context, a concept worthy of note is that devised by the Italian start-up FrescoFrigo (www.frescofrigo.it), which has made its service healthy food close to you available for offices and gyms, realised with Iarp cabinets, in the first condominium supermarket.

Supported by Epta technology, FrescoFrigo installs Iarp branded refrigerated cabinets dedicated to the 24-hour automatic sale of fresh and healthy food at the entrance to housing complexes. Consumers can view the products and, through an App on their smartphone, open the fridge to buy and pay for general foodstuffs that range from ready-made dishes to smoothies, from fruit and vegetables to cured meats and cheeses, from basic ingredients such as eggs, milk, flour and bread to beverages, without having to leave their building. The new Iarp intelligent cabinets used by FrescoFrigo, designed to facilitate consumers in doing their shopping and to contribute to differentiating the possibilities of making purchases, can be installed anywhere by simply plugging them in.

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The Click & Collect solution is a trend that is increasingly becoming part of purchasing habits, bound to bring changes in the future of Retail and, at this time, we are witnessing its significant growth. In Italy, for example, where it was still relatively unknown, it rose around 9% of total online sales (https://www.iriworldwide.com/IRI/media/Library/2020-04-17-IRI-BCG-COVID-Global-Consumer-Spend-Tracker-v6.pdf) while in a market like France in which the Drive is consolidated, it accounted for 7% of the total sales in week 10 (https://www.nielsen.com/fr/fr/insights/article/2020/covid-19-coup-daccelerateur-pour-le-drive/).

It presents itself like a smart, safe and easy to use shopping solution, minimising waiting times, all key elements for respecting the restriction obligations imposed by the current situation.

To respond to new consumer demands, Epta works alongside Large-Scale retail operators in the current change by promoting the refrigerated cabinets, #EPTABricks, for the Click & Collect solution. Practical and easy to use, #EPTABricks enable Customers to pick up food and non-food products 24 hrs a day ordered on the Retailer’s website. Designed to ensure highest flexibility, they are available in the Indoor and Outdoor version and are composed of temperature-controlled modules. The #EPTAdryBricks are intended for dry foods, #EPTAfreshBricks and #EPTAfrozenBricks guarantee the conservation of fresh and frozen products.

#EPTABricks can be positioned anywhere and are particularly suitable for installation inside residential districts and prospectively, along the home-work route, inside or close to large Companies, close to stores or to petrol stations. Thus, they allow to take full advantage of strategic areas where a new type of demanding consumer is moving, in search of a fast shopping solution, during short daily trips. #EPTABricks is a solution that combines convenience and sustainability, eliminates home delivery and ensures an efficient management of the last mile and a reduction of the carbon footprint, including by virtue of the use of the refrigerant propane R290. They also contribute to simplifying sales, thanks to the ease in handling online orders through a system that connects to the Retailer’s e-commerce platform. In France, where the #EPTABricks are already widespread and adopted by several major Retailers, such as Leclerc, Intermarchè, Casino, Carrefour and SuperU, the results are evident and recording up to +300% of orders (The figures refer to the total orders recorded for week 14 of this year) compared to 2019

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EuroShop 2020 has drawn to a close, and Epta is now taking stock of its stimulating experience at the trade fair. Our slow-motion analysis of each of the action-packed days at the fair shows there are lessons to be learned from the event, and successes to be celebrated. Now the future strategy and operational plan can be mapped out.  

The star of the Epta stand was The Epta System, a winning combination of products, services, technologies, ideas and people designed to accompany Retailers through their #storevolution. The system helps make stores even more attractive, efficient and sustainable, whilst transforming them into consumer destinations in their own right.

The Conference Arena proved a major draw. Designed specifically to offer insight into the first major goals achieved in the three-year Life-C4R project (developed by Epta and co-funded by the EU), it also placed environmental topics under the spotlight, and provided first-hand testimonies. In a meeting place designed to give visitors more information, each day saw international speakers alternate with big names from the sector. The Conference Arena also provided the perfect backdrop for showcasing the expertise of the EptaService and EptaConcept teams, whilst illustrating the Circular Grocerant concept conceived in conjunction with the Pollenzo University of Gastronomic Sciences. Not to mention the original projects submitted by companies and start-ups already looking to the future at the EptaInnoVillage.

I am delighted to be able to thank the Epta team, everyone from sales to marketing, the technical office and our external partners; all those involved worked tirelessly, with commitment and energy, on every single aspect of the organisation. Together they helped ensure that the end result was a resounding success,” commented William Pagani, Group Marketing Director at Epta, concluding that “We must also acknowledge the trust our Clients place in us, as this is the factor that has always driven us to do better.”

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