Welcome one and all, especially our international friends reading this in the bustling halls of Nuremberg – we know there are global lessons to share.
Every two years in our October issue we are greeted by the aligning of two great institutions, the Cooling Industry Awards and Chillventa, and you get to read a bumper issue, a magazine with a bit of a ‘thud factor’.
Each a phenomenon in its own right, the two events are connected by their demonstration of the ever-advancing possibilities of cooling technology. Regular readers will know technology is very much a theme in RAC, but this month it has a particular focus as we present the highlights of our first Cooling Awards Technology Forum (see RAC November).
It raised a number of common issues: firstly, the sense that there are real opportunities, given cooling’s contribution to energy consumption and carbon emissions and, secondly, that co-operation is key for an industry that does not naturally provide too many chances to come together, let alone work together.
R&D costs, the relatively small scale of most firms and the limited opportunities to pitch to the right specifiers put a premium on seizing any chance to share experiences and best practice. It made us at RAC think about how we can maintain the momentum. For starters, there’s our next free event: the annual meeting of the supermarkets in November’s Retail Question Time (see RAC November).
By the time you read this, the Cooling Awards will have been presented in front of another record audience. Winning one is increasingly seen as a real sign of environmental commitment by those outside the industry – ie customers – and this can be a benefit when it comes to acquiring new business.
It is not just the winners who should feel proud but everyone on the shortlist; together they make an impressive portfolio of carbon-cutting techniques. Read the supplement and be inspired.