Report Description

Canada Natural Refrigerants market is expected to grow impressively through 2028, due to the environmental commitments in the country. In 2022, global renewable chemicals market size was around USD 91.7 billion.

Refrigeration plays a crucial role in our daily lives, from preserving food and medicine to creating comfortable indoor environments. However, traditional synthetic refrigerants have raised environmental concerns due to their significant contribution to global warming and ozone depletion. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in natural refrigerants as a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative. Natural refrigerants, derived from naturally occurring substances, offer a promising solution to mitigate the environmental impact of cooling systems while ensuring efficient and effective cooling

R-744, also known as carbon dioxide, is one of the most widely used natural refrigerants in the world. It has a low Global Warming Potential (GWP) (1) and is not toxic or flammable. Carbon dioxide-based refrigerants are mainly used in commercial refrigeration and supermarkets, as well as in heat pumps.

Ammonia has been a refrigerant for more than a hundred years. It has high thermodynamic properties, is energy efficient, and has a GWP (Greenhouse Gas Potential) of 0. Ammonia is widely used in industrial refrigeration, cold storage and large-scale cooling systems. However, it is important to note that ammonia is toxic and requires careful handling and system design.

Propane and Isobutane, both derived from petroleum, are also natural refrigerants with low GWPs and are suitable for a variety of applications, such as domestic refrigerators and freezers, as well as air conditioning systems. However, their flammability necessitates safety precautions.

Natural refrigerants have significantly lower or zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and GWP, compared to synthetic refrigerants. Their use helps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. Natural refrigerants exhibit excellent thermodynamic properties, allowing for efficient heat transfer and energy utilization. They contribute to lower operating costs and reduced energy consumption in cooling systems. Natural refrigerants, such as CO2 and ammonia, are naturally occurring substances that are widely available and can be obtained sustainably, reducing dependence on non-renewable resources.

Canada, known for its commitment to environmental stewardship, is at the forefront of adopting natural refrigerants as a solution to mitigate the climate impact of cooling systems. Canada's increasing awareness of environmental issues, coupled with stringent regulations and a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has accelerated the demand for natural refrigerants. The country's refrigeration industry, spanning commercial refrigeration, industrial applications, and residential cooling, is embracing the transition towards sustainable cooling solutions.

Government Support and Initiatives are Driving Market Growth
Canada's stringent environmental regulations and commitments have played a pivotal role in driving the adoption of natural refrigerants. The country is aligning its policies with international agreements, such as the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which seeks to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with high global warming potentials (GWPs). This commitment positions natural refrigerants as a viable and sustainable alternative, promoting their widespread adoption across various sectors.

As a country that values environmental sustainability, Canada recognizes the urgent need to mitigate climate change. Natural refrigerants, with their significantly lower or zero global warming potentials (GWPs), offer a viable solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By transitioning from synthetic refrigerants to natural alternatives, the cooling industry can play a crucial role in combating climate change and meeting Canada's emission reduction targets.

Shifting Consumer Demand is Driving Market Growth
The utilization of natural refrigerants in refrigeration systems is becoming increasingly popular due to their high thermodynamic properties, which not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also lead to significant cost savings for both the business and the consumer. These refrigerants include carbon dioxide, ammonia, and hydrocarbon, and are being adopted in a variety of sectors, such as commercial, industrial, and residential refrigeration.

Canadian natural refrigerants market is experiencing a period of rapid growth due to ongoing innovation and technological progress. Research and development (R&D) efforts are aimed at enhancing the effectiveness, safety and compatibility of the natural refrigeration systems, including system design, component optimisation and refrigerant management methods. As natural refrigeration technologies are continually developed, they become more accessible, dependable and economical, thus promoting their use in a wider variety of applications.

Collaborations and partnerships among industry players, government agencies, and research institutions are vital growth drivers for Canada's natural refrigerants market. These partnerships foster knowledge sharing, research initiatives, and the development of best practices. They also contribute to the establishment of training programs and certifications that enhance the skill set of technicians and ensure the safe and efficient operation of natural refrigeration systems. The collective efforts of these collaborations strengthen the market ecosystem and accelerate the adoption of natural refrigerants.

Major Challenges Faced by Canada Natural Refrigerants Market
Upgrading existing infrastructure, training technicians, and acquiring new equipment can be financially burdensome, especially for small businesses. However, as the technology matures and demand increases, economies of scale are expected to reduce costs and make natural refrigeration systems more accessible.

While natural refrigerants are generally safe, certain refrigerants, such as ammonia (NH3), require careful handling due to their toxicity. Ensuring the safety of technicians and end-users is crucial. Adequate training programs, certifications, and safety guidelines need to be established to educate industry professionals about the proper handling, maintenance, and emergency protocols associated with natural refrigeration systems. Strengthening training initiatives will help address safety concerns and build confidence in the industry.

In certain areas of Canada, natural refrigeration equipment and components may be difficult to obtain. The natural refrigeration market is still in its infancy, and businesses may find it difficult to find equipment that is both accessible and cost-effective. To bridge this gap, it is recommended that equipment manufacturers collaborate with one another and that research and development (R&D) initiatives be implemented to expand the range of natural refrigeration options available to businesses..

Navigating complex regulatory frameworks and standards can pose challenges for businesses transitioning to natural refrigerants. While Canada has regulations in place to support the phase-out of high-GWP synthetic refrigerants, there is a need for harmonization at the provincial and federal levels to ensure consistent regulations and facilitate market growth. The establishment of clear guidelines, standards, and certifications specific to natural refrigerants, will provide businesses with a more streamlined and supportive regulatory environment.

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Recent Trends and Developments

  • In Canada, the regulatory framework governing the use of refrigerants, has undergone notable transformations to promote the adoption of natural refrigerants. In 2018, the country ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, committing to gradually phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with high GWPs. This global commitment has spurred the adoption of natural refrigerants, such as hydrocarbons (HCs), ammonia (NH3), and carbon dioxide (CO2), which have significantly lower or zero GWPs.
  • The utilization of natural refrigerants has seen a surge in Canada, with supermarkets and convenience stores leading the way in the adoption of systems based on natural refrigerants. Transcritical CO2 systems have become increasingly popular due to their high energy efficiency and minimal environmental footprint. Additionally, a number of companies have begun to incorporate high-temperature hydrocarbons (HCs) into their refrigeration units, such as R-290 propane and R-600a isobutane..
  • Ammonium remains a preferred source of energy in the industrial sector due to its advantageous thermodynamic characteristics and low Gross Wholesale Product (GWP). The utilization of ammonia systems in food processing facilities, distribution centers and breweries has seen a rise in recent years. Additionally, CO2 utilization in industrial applications has seen an increase due to its low Gross Wholeness Per Unit (GWP) and its accessibility as a by-product of industrial processes, such as cold storage warehouses or ice rinks.

Market Segmentation
Canada Natural Refrigerants Market is segmented based on Type, Application and Region. Based on Type, Canada Natural Refrigerants market is categorized into Carbon Dioxide, Ammonia, Hydrocarbons, and Others. Based on Application, Canada Natural Refrigerants market is segmented into Industrial, Commercial, and Domestic. Based on region, Canada Natural Refrigerants market is divided into Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan & Manitoba, and Rest of Canada.

Market Players
CIMCO Refrigeration, Embraco, Mayekawa Canada, GEA Refrigeration Canada Inc, Danfoss Canada,             BITZER Canada Inc., Systemes LMP Inc., Hussmann Canada Inc., Carnot Refrigeration Inc., Emerson Climate Technologies Canada are some of the key players of the Canada natural refrigerants market.



Base Year


Historic Data

2018 – 2021

Estimated Year


Forecast Period

2024 – 2028

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR for 2018-2022 and 2023-2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered



Regional scope

Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba

Key companies profiled

CIMCO Refrigeration, Embraco, Mayekawa Canada, GEA Refrigeration Canada Inc, Danfoss Canada,             BITZER Canada Inc., Systemes LMP Inc., Hussmann Canada Inc., Carnot Refrigeration Inc., Emerson Climate Technologies Canada

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Report Scope:

In this report, Canada Natural Refrigerants market has been segmented into the following categories, in addition to the industry trends, which have also been detailed below:

  • Natural Refrigerants Market, By Type:
    • Carbon Dioxide
    • Ammonia
    • Hydrocarbons
    • Others
  • Natural Refrigerants Market, By Application:
    • Industrial
    • Commercial
    • Domestic
  • Natural Refrigerants Market, By Region:
    • Quebec
    • Ontario
    • Alberta
    • British Columbia
    • Saskatchewan & Manitoba
    • Rest of Canada

Competitive landscape

Company Profiles: Detailed analysis of the major companies present in Canada Natural Refrigerants market.

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Company Information

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Table of content

1.    Product Overview

1.1.  Market Definition

1.2.  Scope of the Market

1.2.1.    Markets Covered

1.2.2.    Years Considered for Study

1.2.3.    Key Market Segmentations

2.    Research Methodology

2.1.  Objective of the Study

2.2.  Baseline Methodology

2.3.  Key Industry Partners

2.4.  Major Association and Secondary Type

2.5.  Forecasting Methodology

2.6.  Data Triangulation & Validation

2.7.  Assumptions and Limitations

3.    Executive Summary

3.1.  Overview of the Market

3.2.  Overview of Key Market Segmentations

3.3.  Overview of Key Market Players

3.4.  Overview of Key Regions/Countries

3.5.  Overview of Market Drivers, Challenges, and Trends

4.    Voice of Customer

5.    Canada Natural Refrigerants Market Outlook

5.1.  Market Size & Forecast

5.1.1.    By Value & Volume

5.2.  Market Share & Forecast

5.2.1.    By Type (Carbon Dioxide, Ammonia, Hydrocarbons, Others)

5.2.2.    By Application (Industrial, Commercial, Domestic)

5.2.3.    By Region (Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan & Manitoba, Rest of Canada)

5.2.4.    By Company (2022)

5.3.  Market Map

6.    Quebec Natural Refrigerants Market Outlook

6.1.  Market Size & Forecast       

6.1.1.    By Value

6.2.  Market Share & Forecast

6.2.1.    By Type

6.2.2.    By Application

7.    Ontario Natural Refrigerants Market Outlook

7.1.  Market Size & Forecast       

7.1.1.    By Value

7.2.  Market Share & Forecast

7.2.1.    By Type

7.2.2.    By Application

8.    Alberta Natural Refrigerants Market Outlook

8.1.  Market Size & Forecast       

8.1.1.    By Value

8.2.  Market Share & Forecast

8.2.1.    By Type

8.2.2.    By Application

9.    British Columbia Natural Refrigerants Market Outlook

9.1.  Market Size & Forecast       

9.1.1.    By Value

9.2.  Market Share & Forecast

9.2.1.    By Type

9.2.2.    By Application

10. Saskatchewan & Manitoba Natural Refrigerants Market Outlook

10.1.             Market Size & Forecast        

10.1.1. By Value

10.2.             Market Share & Forecast

10.2.1. By Type

10.2.2. By Application

11. Market Dynamics

11.1.             Drivers

11.2.             Challenges

12. Market Trends & Developments

12.1.             Merger & Acquisition

12.2.             Product Development

12.3.             Recent Developments

13. Porters Five Forces Analysis

13.1.             Competition in the Industry

13.2.             Potential of New Entrants

13.3.             Power of Suppliers

13.4.             Power of Customers

13.5.             Threat of Substitute Products

14. Competitive Landscape

14.1.             Business Overview

14.2.             Company Snapshot

14.3.             Products & Services

14.4.             Financials (As Reported)

14.5.             Recent Developments

14.5.1. CIMCO Refrigeration

14.5.2. Embraco

14.5.3. Mayekawa Canada

14.5.4. GEA Refrigeration Canada Inc.

14.5.5. Danfoss Canada

14.5.6. BITZER Canada Inc.

14.5.7. Systemes LMP Inc.

14.5.8. Hussmann Canada Inc.

14.5.9. Carnot Refrigeration Inc.

14.5.10.              Emerson Climate Technologies Canada

15. Strategic Recommendations

About Us & Disclaimer

Figures and Tables

Frequently asked questions


Environmental regulations and commitments areis primarily driving the Canada natural refrigerants market.


CIMCO Refrigeration, Embraco, Mayekawa Canada, GEA Refrigeration Canada Inc, Danfoss Canada, BITZER Canada Inc., Systemes LMP Inc., Hussmann Canada Inc., Carnot Refrigeration Inc., Emerson Climate Technologies Canada are some of the key players of the Canada natural refrigerants market.


Quebec is expected to hold the largest market share over the next five years due to the booming pharmaceuticals industry.


Industrial segment is expected to remain dominant in the Canada natural refrigerants market in the coming years.


Sakshi Bajaal

Business Consultant
Press Release

Canada Natural Refrigerants Market to be Dominated by Industrial Segment Through 2028

Sep, 2023

Canada Natural Refrigerants Market is growing,increasing owning to the environmental regulations and commitments in the country.