Morrisons and John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose took home five awards between them thanks to imaginative natural refrigerant policies have walked away with a clutch of awards from the 2010 Cooling Industry Awards.
Seen by many as a showdown between two very different approaches – Morrisons with carbon dioxide central plant and Waitrose’s with hydrocarbon integrals – this year’s battle was won narrowly by Morrisons, which took home three Cooling Awards against Waitrose’s two.
Morrisons won the coveted Large End-user of the Year prize for the breadth and depth of its strategy on CO2 and leakage, both of which required cultural change and grass roots work with the supply chain. Judges particularly liked the way Morrisons had built its strategy from the ground up.
It also won two joint prizes: for Environmental Collaboration of the Year with WR Refrigeration for their work on the European CO2 Training Academy and for Refrigeration Innovation of the Year, with Arctic Circle for its development of a ‘portable’ CO2 refrigeration system.. Waitrose was rewarded for its innovative thinking in combining heat and cold recovery, water distribution and hydrocarbons in the Retail Project of the Year Award.
This work and its high-profile and imaginative leak reduction programme combined to win it the inaugural Low Carbon Achievement prize as well.