About us

It is EPEE’s mission to promote a better understanding of the HVACR sector in the EU and to contribute to the development of effective European policies in order to achieve a long-term sustainability agenda.

The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe.

Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of around 48 member companies, national and international associations, representing over 30 billion Euros annual turnover, over 200.000 direct jobs and millions of indirect jobs.

EPEE member companies have manufacturing sites and research and development facilities across the EU, which innovate for the global market.

As an expert association, EPEE is supporting safe, environmentally and economically viable technologies with the objective of promoting a better understanding of the sector in the EU and contributing to the development of effective European policies. Please see our website (www.epeeglobal.org) for further information.

As part of the activities EPEE and its members are undertaking to raise awareness on sustainable cooling, EPEE will launch a broader #CountOnCooling campaign. The EPEE White Paper “Count on Cooling: A five-step approach to deliver sustainable cooling” examines the crucial role of cooling in the 21st century.

Our mission

EPEE’s mission is to promote a better understanding of the HVACR sector in the EU and to contribute to the development of effective European policies in order to achieve a long-term sustainability agenda.

Our focus

As an expert association, EPEE is supporting safe, environmentally and economically viable technologies with the objective of promoting a better understanding of the sector in the EU and contributing to the development of effective European policies.

Our Leadership

EPEE Chairman: Juergen Goeller (UTC Carrier)

juergen-goellerJuergen Goeller has been Chairman of EPEE fsince 2014.

Juergen Goeller is Director Sustainability of UTC Climate, Controls & Security Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), of which the Carrier air conditioning and refrigeration business units are integral subsidiaries. A German national, he joined Carrier Commercial Refrigeration EMEA in January 2008 as Director Research, Development & Engineering and has held subsequently several executive management positions in the fields of Marketing, Communications and Sustainability of the Carrier air conditioning and refrigeration business units in Europe.

Prior to joining Carrier, Juergen held successive management roles with growing responsibility in Operations, Engineering and General Management in the Linde Group and the Alexanderwerk AG.


EPEE Vice-Chair: Jürgen Fischer (Danfoss)

Jürgen has broad leadership experience from global industrial companies within IT, telecommunication, and machine-building. He is passionate about the digital transformation in the cooling sector and constantly challenges innovation to leverage e.g. the potential of energy storage across Danfoss.

In 2008, Jürgen joined Danfoss as Vice President for Industrial Automation, and in 2010, he became Senior Vice President for Automatic Controls. In 2013, he was appointed President of the Refrigeration and A/C Division, and since 2015, Jürgen Fischer has been President of Danfoss Cooling.

Jürgen holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Augsburg. In addition, he holds several degrees from executive education programs at INSEAD and IMD and is a member of the Steering Board of EPEE – the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment.


EPEE Treasurer: Rainer Grosse-Kracht (Bitzer)

Rainer Grosse-Kracht is a Managing Director of BITZER SE based in BITZER headquarters in Sindelfingen. He is the Chief Technology Officer of the BITZER Group leading the research and development department for piston, screw and scroll compressors as well as electronics and unit development worldwide.

Mr. Grosse-Kracht has 19 years of experience in the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry. Prior to his current position he was responsible in Application Engineering and Advanced Research Engineering, for BITZER performance data, BITZER Software and Website.

He holds a Master of Mechanical Engineering and Refrigeration and the University of Hanover, Germany and is equally a board member of ASERCOM as well as a member of AHRI.


EPEE Director General : Andrea Voigt

andrea-voigtAndrea Voigt was appointed Director General of EPEE, the voice of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry (HVACR) in Europe, in 2009. Headquartered in Brussels, EPEE currently represents 48 companies as well as national and international associations from Europe, Asia and North America.

Voigt’s experience in the HVACR industry spans over two decades. Under her leadership, EPEE has become one of the leading HVACR industry trade associations on a European and global level, focussing on creating favourable framework conditions for the development and deployment of sustainable technologies.

A German national, she is fluent in English and French, holding degrees in public administration (MPA), applied linguistic science (MA) and marketing (CIM).

Working Groups
We are organised in specific policy working groups that elaborate EPEE’s position on EU policies and legislations and steer EPEE engagement on those issues:

Communications Working Group
Chair: Peter Sleigh (Mexichem)
Vice Chair: Mike Hall (Ingersoll Rand)

F-Gas Working Group
Chair: Mihai Scumpieru (Mitsubishi Electric)
Vice Chair: Paul de Larminat (Johnson Controls)

Ecodesign Working Group
Chair: Els Baert (Daikin Europe)
Vice chair: Dina Köpke (Emerson Climate Technologies)

Energy Efficiency Working Group
Chair: Jonna Byskata (UTC Carrier)
Vice Chair: Martin Dieryckx (Daikin Europe)

Our Secretariat

Secretariat

Under the direction of Andrea Voigt, EPEE’s Director General, the association is managed by its Secretariat.

 

Andrea Voigt

Director General

 

Stefan Thie

Technical Consultant

 

Russell Patten

Strategic Advice & Guidance

   

Vanessa Chesnot

Strategy & Energy Efficiency (incl. Ecodesign)

 

Kinga Timaru-Kast

#CountOnCooling Campaign Coordinator

 

Roland Gladushenko

Energy Efficiency

 

Sévrine Pereira Teixeira

Communications & F-Gas

 

Nataša Vistrička

Energy Efficiency

 

Fabrizio De Simone

Ecodesign & F-Gas

 

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