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Time again to delve into the treasure chest of ideas

Welcome to the October issue, which means that you have the benefit of being able to browse through the treasure chest of ideas that is the Cooling Industry Awards supplement.

Once again, I invite you to view the supplement as a resource, providing an insight into the many ways that the industry is tackling the challenge of lowering emissions.

And there really is a remarkably wide range of initiatives, which should surely offer the end user or specifier in search of solutions plenty of ideas.

Cooling creates such site specific challenges that you might not see something that exactly meets the needs of your application, in which case I would encourage you to contact the companies concerned, as often it is the ensuing conversations that create the best solutions. 

The record volume of Awards entries this year pays testament to both the ingenuity of the industry and to the sheer number of challenges that are facing the supply chain at the moment – whether it be legislation-driven or motivated by the desire to reduce energy and cost - and it is by having that dialogue about the challenges that the industry can keep on meeting the demands of the planet and the customer (or should that be the other way round?).

You won’t be surprised to learn then, that some of the key themes - energy management, heat recovery and integration of heating and cooling - are high on the agenda at our forthcoming Question Times.

First up is our flagship Retail Question Time on November 14, which has a fantastic roster of speakers and sponsors, and can I remind you, is absolutely free to attend.More details in the October issue of RAC.

The second, scheduled for November 27 at London South Bank University, is devoted to Building Energy. We expect it to be an exciting new venture, grappling with the issues around commercial and public buildings and how the cooling and heating industries can help –with panels of end-users,experts and suppliers. More details on that one also in the October issue of RAC or email benjamin.harris@emap.com

As you can read in my introduction to the Awards supplement, I do believe that the cooling industry is now leading the way on the ‘integration’ agenda, so it is great to be able to host a Question Time on the subject, if only so we can prove it to the heating industry!

 You will also see in my Awards introduction my belief that the industry can be justly proud of what it has achieved this year - in the face of lots of to-ing and fro-ing over F-Gas, yet virtual standstill over the Green Deal. And it has done this while still being pretty exposed to the economic situation, especially the smaller companies.

So what I want to know is: where are our incentives? Where are the tax breaks, loans or cashback schemes for reducing carbon; for introducing natural refrigerants; or for heat recovery; or for training engineers and designers in the techniques of all three?

The Cooling Awards have proved the industry has stepped up to the plate on the environment. Now it needs the government to reciprocate.

CLICK HERE to view Cooling Awards supplement - simply register to view.

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