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Awards are won on merit, not because it’s someone’s turn

We have reached that time of the year when we announce the shortlist for the Cooling Awards.

I can reveal to those readers of this column left on a cliff-hanger last month that we did indeed reach record numbers of entries. Of course, the important thing is quality, so I am very happy to say that the standard continued to be high.

Industry awards, especially in close-knit industries such as ours, can sometimes attract the idea that they somehow can be won through favour or because it is their ‘turn’. Perhaps that is the case elsewhere, but not with the Cooling Awards.

Anyone who was to witness our judging day would soon have that notion eradicated once and for all, as the level of scrutiny, as each entry was weighed squarely on its merits, was at times frightening.

Some judges have clearly missed their calling as magistrates, so eloquently did they sum up the pros and cons of entries. Others came armed with spreadsheets, carrying complex matrices of scoring. And this is certainly no paperwork exercise – with 15 judges from all across the industry, the intensity of debate could probably have made for a good heat recovery application.

The result is the shortlist you can see on p30-31. It is an impressive window on the world of green cooling innovation.

What we were all really impressed with was the breadth of technology available and we think the issue deserves a wider platform. That’s why we are hosting the Cooling Technology Forum, a Question Time-style discussion, featuring delegates and panellists from the Awards shortlist. It is on Friday 7 September and we will be putting more details online.

Just one more thing to say – RAC is looking to give more benefits to its subscribers, and so this month there is the first of a regular series of special subscriber sections, full of exclusive information and interviews. Don’t miss out, subscribe today - visit www.subscription.co.uk/rac/0030 or call 0844 8488858.

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