ATMOsphere Australia 2020

ONLINE – 28 July, 2020

ATMOsphere Australia 2020


Join us ONLINE for the ATMOsphere Australia 2020 virtual conference on 28th July. Get ready to enjoy one day with leading experts from around the world.

Now more than ever it’s the time to make a cooler and more sustainable future together!

Throughout the day our fellow though leaders, partners, end users, contractors, manufacturers, experts and industry visionaries will discuss how together we can address challenges and build a cooler and more sustainable future.


Tuesday, 28 July

Welcome & introduction by Caroline Rham & Marc Chasserot, shecco


Project Drawdown, a global climate-mitigation program has identified refrigeration as the top action for climate solutions. In its most recent report, Project Drawdown said that refrigerant management and alternative refrigerants can cut over 100 Great of greenhouse gases by 2050.


Gene Blackley, Founder & Climate Solutions Advocate, Drawdown Australia


As a leader for Project Drawdown in Australia, Gene Blackley promotes an inspiring vision for a thriving economy and society in our future negative-carbon world. Australia is incredibly well positioned to thrive from embracing and addressing the challenges of our climate and ecological emergency.

Speakers will discuss the growing interest of integrating renewables (solar) in cooling solutions and energy efficiency.


Alan Pears, Senior Industry Fellow, RMIT University

Peter Haenke, Manager | Business Development & Transactions, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Michael Shelley, Group Energy & Resource Manager, Woolworths Group


Jan Dusek, COOshecco will discuss the latest global market and technology trends with selected statistics from sheccoBase on natural refrigerant technologies.

The Cooling as a Service Initiative is a global effort launched in early 2019 by BASE and K-CEP to scale up investments in clean and efficient cooling by mainstreaming the Cooling as a Service business model. CaaS involves building and business owners paying for the cooling service instead of investing in the infrastructure that delivers the cooling.


Thomas Motmans, Sustainable Energy Finance Specialist, BASE – Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy

Contractors will share their views about current trends, the challenges and opportunities with natural refrigerant solutions.


Mike Baker, Managing Director, AJ Baker & Sons

Matthew Darby, Managing Director, EcoChill

Vince Audino, Managing Director, Fonko NZ

Join our panel of three inspiring women who will share their perspectives on life, the environment, the industry and the future!


Megan Dinsdale Jones, Sales Engineer, Patton NZ

Jane Hadjion, Founding Coordinator, Engineers Declare Australia

Ura Sarfejoo, Country Leader, Integrated Technologies – Digital Solutions, Johnson Controls


The concept of “Clean Cooling” is an unprecedented, holistic approach to refrigeration and air conditioning systems that incorporates the most efficient and environmentally friendly technologies while addressing the pressing societal need for cooling equipment in developing countries.


Toby PetersEngineering and Physical Sciences Professor in Cold EconomyUniversity of Birmingham

This panel will explore different solutions to improve the efficiency and reliability of refrigeration technology in the food cold chain.


Esequias Pereira, Senior Manager Sales Asia Pacific, Embraco

Craig Pickford, Managing Director & Owner, CyberChill

Michael Bellstedt, CEO, Minus40

Naimul Islam, Senior Engineer, Arneg Oceania


With increasing numbers of cities, organisations and countries committing to carbon neutrality by 2050, zero carbon buildings represent a critical climate solution. Heating and cooling are responsible for as much as 40% of energy use and represent a key opportunity to achieve net zero.


Michael Li, Senior Project Manager (Cities & Policy), ClimateWorks

Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia

Chris Buntine, Sustainability Consultant, Northrop Consulting Engineers

How is the HVAC market changing? This session will look at new opportunities in this sector, particularly with natural refrigerants, covering new technology and market trends.


Michael Hamilton, General Manager – Commercial Sales & South Africa, Seeley International

Rob Paul, Technical Sales Engineer Industrial Refrigeration | Graeme Marr, Frick Sabroe Product SpecialistIndustrial Refrigeration; Johnson Controls Industrial

Richard Jefford, Managing Director, Highlands GeoExchange



Senior Industry Fellow, RMIT University

Alan Pears AM has worked on clean energy and climate policy for four decades. His activities span all sectors of the economy, and include policy and program development, education and site level projects. He is a Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University and a fellow at Melbourne University’s Climate and Energy College. Over the past few years he has worked with the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity on industrial innovation, with a focus on process heat and high temperature heat pumps.

Sustainability Consultant, Northrop Consulting Engineers

hris Buntine is an experienced sustainability consultant and Sustainability Manager with Northrop Consulting Engineers. In response to the climate emergency he seeks opportunities through his work in the built environment to make one planet living desirable and regeneration business as usual. Chris brings people together within projects and industry groups to drive transformation, foster innovation and create shared value. He has been a leading collaborator and facilitator of the Melbourne Living Building Collaborative and Engineers Declare.

Managing Director & Owner, CyberChill

Craig is a qualified Refrigeration Engineer who has grown up in the refrigeration manufacturing industry. Working alongside his father in the early 80’s, he’s done everything from fitting compressors on the production line to managing foreign sales and manufacturing subsidiaries. He has operated extensively in Africa, Asia, UK, Europe, Middle East & Australasia supplying refrigeration solutions to some of the most prestigious kitchens around the world. CyberChill Precision Refrigeration is an independent manufacturer of commercial refrigeration for the foodservice industry. The company offers customers an extensive and adaptable product range, built to the highest quality, at the best possible price and backed by unrivalled customer service. CyberChill Precision Refrigeration are designed & engineered in England but built for Australian conditions.

Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia

Davina Rooney has led the Green Building Council of Australia since June 2019. Davina is a property professional with a broad range of sustainability experience, from environmental projects, not-for profit boards and overseas community development work, spending 8 months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school which won multiple international awards. Career highlights include a decade at Stockland which was a global leader in sustainability and therefore understands how the GBCA’s global leadership translates into real-world outcomes. Stockland was recognised in 2016 and 2018 simultaneously holding the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Global Property leader, GRESB Global leader (Retail/Office) and recognised on the CDP Leaders A-list. Davina has been recognised by industry awards including NAWIC NSW Sustainability 2016, PCA 2014 Future Leaders Award and Sydney University Engineering Young Alumni Award.

Senior Manager Sales Asia Pacific, Embraco

With large experience in a multicultural environment in Asia-Pacific, Esequias holds ability to manage the development and implementation of global products and processes. Background in R&D, Quality, Sales and Finance areas. Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade Estadual de Santa Catarina (UDESC), he has also an International MBA from Peking University & Vlerick Business School - Leuvent-Belgium and Master in Global Finance from Peking University and Fordham University of NY-USA. Currently he is Sales Senior Manager for Asia-Pacific at Nidec Global Appliance, where he is responsible for the Embraco portfolio for the region.

Founder & Climate Solutions Advocate, Drawdown Australia

Gene Blackley is an advocate for regenerating a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world. As a climate leader promoting Project Drawdown in Australia, he inspires audiences with hope, courage and belief that humanity can overcome it's greatest ever challenge by accelerating a framework of existing climate solutions that can achieve net zero emissions worldwide well before 2050. Gene promotes an inspiring vision for Australian to thrive in our future negative-emissions world, by embracing the extraordinary opportunities for Australia to be an economic superpower with a renewable-powered circular economy.

Chief Operating Officer & Head of APAC, ATMOsphere

Jan holds a Doctor of Engineering degree in System Design from Hosei University in Tokyo and a Master’s degree from the Czech Technical University in Prague. During his studies, and research undertaken in the USA, Europe and Japan, Jan has centered his academic focus on environmental technologies and marketing strategies. Having lived in Japan for over 13 years, Jan communicates fluently in Japanese and has a rich experience cooperating with Japanese industry. Jan is currently based in Tokyo, responsible for business/market development activities and monitoring Asian markets on behalf of ATMOsphere Japan. He is also the global COO for ATMOsphere (formerly shecco).

Founder Coordinator, Engineers Declare

Jane is an engineer and business ecologist who's on a mission to help people become more fulfilled while changing the way we live, work and consume. She is radically optimistic that the tidal wave of change create through individuals will regenerate our communities and the planet. She believes in the opportunity the corporate world has to lead, accelerate and ultimately benefit from a shift to a sustainable future where we are all contributing to healing the planet. With her strength in sense making Jane meets clients and collaborators where they are at, coaches them to take ownership of where they are, on their journey toward making greater contribution, and stands alongside asking difficult questions and providing external perspective as they progress. As a contributing author to the UNDRR Global Assessment Report she is collating leading practice in how to identify and generate awareness of the intersection of systemic risks and most importantly case studies of how to take effective action.

Founder & CEO, ATMOsphere

Founder of ATMOsphere a global, independent market accelerator with a mission to clean-up cooling. Marc Chasserot has 20 years of experience in the HVAC&R sector. His focus throughout those years has been with Natural Refrigerant based technologies used in Refrigeration, Heat Pumps and Air Conditioning applications. He has founded several industry platforms, namely;,,, and Accelerate Magazine. Published numerous reports for industry and policy-makers, chaired over 70 ATMOsphere conferences worldwide. Marc has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and America. He holds several degrees in Economics, Marketing and Politics.

Founder & Managing Director, EcoChill and Cold Energy Technology Group

Trade qualified Matthew held numerous senior roles before founding Technicool refrigeration and the New Zealand agency for Arneg SPA - Arneg New Zealand. After seeing the opportunity to lead development in natural refrigerant technology Matthew established EcoChill, which for over 20 years has delivered highly efficient and sustainable systems to become trusted advisors to companies such as Fonterra, Turners & Growers and Foodstuffs. EcoChill’s commitment to natural refrigerant solutions has seen them lead the development of Hydrocarbon systems in New Zealand and deliver many technology installation firsts, including NZ’s first transcritical CO2 system, first waterloop system, first CO2 parallel compression installation and New Zealand’s largest cooling Hydrocarbon system solution. Matthew oversaw the merger of RACCA & HVAC Contractors to form the industry body Climate Controls Companies Association of New Zealand in 2011 and has advised on regulatory and compliance considerations for national change programs such as the HFC phase down and the current industry licensing regime. He is committed to developing quality and professionalism within the industry and supporting New Zealand to deliver clean, sustainable cooling.

Sales Engineer, Patton NZ

As one of only seven New Zealand women with the HVAC&R qualification, Megan Dinsdale-Jones has over 12 years in the industry. After completing her apprenticeship, she began working in supermarket refrigeration for a reputable company, and then furthered her experience with another large supermarket supplier, working with transcritical CO2 refrigeration, commissioning supermarket racks and gaining valuable hands on experience with controls and different systems. This included carrying out usual service-tech duties, as well as fully commissioning transcritical CO2 plants, cabinets and controllers, including RDM, Emerson and Carel. In 2020, Megan moved on to become a sales engineer with Patton Refrigeration in Auckland. Megan also has recently decided to add to her work load by studying towards a Bachelor of Business via Massey University New Zealand.

CEO, Minus40

Michael is the CEO of the Minus40 Group of companies, which includes the exciting new IoT startup company, Metis Monitoring, providing cutting edge remote monitoring and predictive fault detection technology to the refrigeration and air-conditioning industries. The Minus40 Group also includes the established refrigeration consulting firm Minus40 Engineers, well known for their services in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector. Michael is a frequent public speaker and educator in these and related areas and recently conducted a series of Refrigeration Masterclasses in Victoria. Minus40 has helped many companies across Australia reduce their energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of their existing heating and cooling systems, and advises companies on the best technical and commercial options for new installations.

General Manager – Commercial Sales & South Africa, Seeley International

Having worked in the HVAC industry for over 25 years, Michael has held senior management positions with operational, engineering and sales responsibilities with a number of major companies in the mechanical and industrial HVAC market. Within the industry Michael has worked in government and private enterprise across a broad range of industry sectors including building maintenance and system design through to air conditioning manufacturing. Skilled in the sales, marketing and engineering of energy efficient HVAC solutions he has a strong focus on peak cooling demand reduction and energy efficiency. Michael is employed by Seeley International as General Manager of Commercial Sales, Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and a global leader in the development of ingenious, energy efficient heating and cooling products.

Senior Project Manager (Cities & Policy), ClimateWorks

Michael manages projects with a focus on reducing carbon emissions from cities, encompassing buildings, infrastructure, transport and energy sectors. Michael has strong stakeholder engagement and communication skills with a proven track record in translating research into sustainability advice for business and government. He managed the technical analysis, stakeholder facilitation, content delivery and publication of Built to Perform, a landmark initiative led by ClimateWorks and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council to strengthen minimum energy standards for new buildings. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Michael worked as a sustainability consultant at global integrated services firm AECOM. Michael Li holds Bachelor’s degrees in engineering and science from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of Cambridge. In 2014 Michael was recognised by collaborative sustainability community 2degrees as one of the global “Top 25 Under 25s” transforming the world of sustainable business, and he was named Young Energy Efficiency Professional 2018 at the National Energy Efficiency Awards.

Group Energy & Resource Manager, Woolworths Group

Michael joined Australia's leading food retailer in 2013 and is responsible for managing the energy and resource recovery teams within Woolworths portfolio of +2,500 sites. This includes the full cycle of energy contracting, energy optimisation, waste and cardboard recycling and a multitude of sustainability related initiatives within the Group. The ecosystem within Woolworths sees him working with internal engineering and technical field teams towards reducing the company's carbon emissions as part of their sustainability commitments which include transitioning towards natural refrigerants across their fleet of stores. With over 20 years experience in most facets of the energy industry, Michael has broad experience gained through multiple roles in sales, customer service, business improvement and technical disciplines for two of Australia's largest energy retailers.

Managing Director, AJ Baker

Mike Baker is a University qualified Mechanical Engineer with a wealth of experience in the refrigeration and power industries. Mike held a position at Western Power for 14 years prior to joining AJ Baker & Sons in 2004 Mike oversees the national branch network and directly manages the two West Australian Branches.

Senior Engineer, Arneg Oceania

Naimul Islam is senior engineer of Arneg Oceania Pty Ltd. He has 34 years of comprehensive technical, R&D and management experience in diversified engineering fields specializing in commercial refrigeration manufacturing, renewable energy, energy auditing, power plant, regulatory compliance etc. who thrives in challenging and changing environments. Naimul Islam has completed his Bachelor of engineering in Electrical and Master of engineering in Energy Technology. His accreditation further extends to energy assessor (NABERS) by Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water, Australia. He is an international energy & refrigeration system consultant for United Nation Development Program (UNDP) and World Bank. He has participated several international conferences as speaker. Some of his innovative projects have been broadcasted in multi-media such as daily Newspaper, TV News etc. He is an active member of IEAust, IEEE & AIRAH.

Manager | Business Development & Transactions, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Peter is currently Manager in the Business Development & Transactions team at ARENA with a specific focus on supporting industry to reduce emissions. Throughout his career spanning over 30 years, Peter has supported business to identify the opportunities in the transition to a low carbon economy. He has worked in consulting and corporate positions across the manufacturing, transport and energy sectors.

Managing Director, Highlands GeoExchange

Technical Sales Engineer Industrial Refrigeration, Johnson Controls Industrial

Rob Paul has now been working for Johnson Controls Australia for 13 months and currently holds the position of Technical Sales Engineer for Industrial Refrigeration. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Mr. Paul spent the previous 13 years employed by Process Group/SUEZ Oil & Gas Systems in the role of Senior Process / Proposal Engineer. This entailed process design, equipment sizing, cost estimation and proposal compilation for clients in the Oil and Gas Industry.

Sustainable Energy Finance Specialist, BASE - Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy

Thomas is a sustainable energy finance specialist with experience in South America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. Thomas holds a MSc. in Mechanical Engineering and an executive certificate in Sustainable Finance, and has experience designing, developing and implementing public and private finance mechanisms for sustainable energy projects. Currently Thomas is leading the global Cooling as a Service Initiative aiming to develop and scale up the use of servitisation business models for the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector, transferring physical energy assets into services.

Professor, University of Birmingham

Co-inventor of Liquid Air Energy Storage and joint lead on the original Doing Cold Smarter Policy Commission, Toby leads much of the new system-level approaches around the role 'clean cold' has to play in emerging market transformation. He is also a consultant to the World Bank and Sustainable Energy for All (Cooling for All) and sits on the Technical Advisory Panel for the Global Cooling Prize.

Country Leader, Integrated Technologies - Digital Solutions, Johnson Controls

Ura has been working in the Technical Services Industry servicing clients in the commercial and industrial sectors since 2000. She’s worked for global technology manufacturers like McQuay in Dubai, Trane (Dalkia) and Johnson Controls in Australia. She also has worked in the sustainability sector to gain a more holistic understanding of building management and energy efficiency. Ura currently is the Country Leader, Integrated Technologies, Digital Solutions at Johnson Controls. She’s responsible for leading a team to facilitate the digital transformation of Johnson Controls’ existing and future client asset base across Australia and New Zealand. Ura has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). She’s also a board director of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH).

Managing Director

Vince Audino has over 16 years’ experience in Senior Management & Sales positions within the New Zealand Commercial Refrigeration marketplace, representing world renowned brands Arneg and EPTA.\\nOver the past 8 years Vince has overseen the emergence of FONKO as a successful Commercial HVAC and Refrigeration Company with branches in Auckland and Wellington, looking after National Supermarket brands New World, Pak'n Save, Countdown and Fresh Choice for both Mechanical HVAC and Environmentally Friendly Trans-Critical CO2 Refrigeration Systems








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