Welcome to RAC’s first edition of 2013, where you may already have noticed some things have changed a little.
RAC has joined in the celebration of all things new with a bright new logo on the front and a more modern feel throughout the magazine.
A read through the pages will reveal that we have a new Low Carbon section to collect all the latest carbon-cutting measures into one place, and we also have a redesigned Products section, giving more coverage to the equipment developments that are fundamental to the cooling industry’s quest for better performance, lower emissions and cost-effectiveness.
And, of course, you might also have noticed that this column has decamped to a new location, where I can have more space to offer the benefit of my opinions. I thought you would like that, dear Reader.
It is fitting that we should be talking about a more modern feel, as we at Emap will also shortly be moving to funky new premises in London’s Old Street.
The new offices are situated in the area known as Silicon Roundabout, which means we will be rubbing shoulders with high-tech businesses such as Google. No doubt we will soon be using the lingo of the Bright Young Things and asking whether you want some face time or to take the helicopter view etc.
We shall be embracing the high-tech culture ourselves with the introduction of what used to be called ‘hot desking’, but is now called ‘dynamic working’ – ie, we no longer have desks we can call our own.
I know that for many of you, your office has four wheels, but for us editors it is going to be a bit of a culture shock. We are used to arriving at work and settling down amid comforting piles of magazines, product brochures, awards entries, past IOR papers and, of course, receipts.
Some of us fear that every day will now be like getting on a Ryanair flight, with everyone rushing for the desks by the window as soon as the front doors open.
But, as a number of people have told me in recent months, we need to embrace the changes that the future brings.
I realised as I wrote this that what I am doing is effectively living out an analogy for what many in the cooling industry are going through at the moment.
The moves towards new methods of leak reduction, natural refrigerants or methods of servicing to name but three, are requiring people to get their heads round new ways of working, and to learn new stuff.
If there is one thing that the new F-Gas proposals prove, it is that the industry is going to need to change significantly and it is up to all of us to embrace it.
Here at RAC we will continue to find ways to help by providing information, promoting best practice and helping to bring the supply chain together. Here’s to dynamic working.