As I write this, the Chancellor has just hinted heavily that the government is minded to give up on the bureaucratic nightmare that is the Carbon Reduction Commitment.
Now Mr Osborne has promised to consult with businesses on “an environment tax”. Maybe the new scheme can provide tax breaks for those who upgrade to lower carbon-cooling equipment, not just heating?
This month’s theme is definitely low-carbon as we open the entries for the Cooling Industry Awards. We can’t give you tax breaks if you win, but we can offer you something money can’t buy – recognition and respect.
Now in its ninth year, it is clear that a Cooling Award is seen as the one to win as it provides a clear signal to your peers, and importantly to the world outside of fridge, that you mean business about the environment.
It is easy to be cynical, but carbon reduction is something that increasingly matters a lot. Ask anyone who worked on the Olympics, on public contracts, with shareholders – the list goes on. The teeming hordes at last month’s Ecobuild proved that construction is more focused than ever on the subject.
A Cooling Award carries weight as evidence of commitment to the environment and has a credibility that has been built up over time. Recent public and shareholder announcements by Sainsbury’s and M&S, to name but two, have referenced their Cooling success.
Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons have shown their faith in this year’s awards by agreeing to join the judging panel.
Our 15-strong panel, as seen on the website (www.coolingindustryawards.com) are committed to ensuring that the Cooling Awards continues the rigorous process that makes it the gold standard for the industry.
We are working with some big industry names and their support as sponsors will ensure the event is as big and bold as you have come to expect.
The starting gun has sounded – get working on your winning entries.
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