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Winners unveiled for 2019 RAC Cooling Industry Awards

This year’s 2019 RAC Cooling Industry Awards saw a host of innovations and initiatives being recognised by our judges, such as a retail project by Aldi to limit greenhouse gas emissions from its estate and AI solutions that can control and predict thermal behaviour in buildings.

 

This year’s 2019 RAC Cooling Industry Awards saw a host of innovations and initiatives being recognised by our judges, such as a retail project by Aldi to limit greenhouse gas emissions from its estate and AI solutions that can control and predict thermal behaviour in buildings.

A total of 20 prizes were awarded during the ceremony, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on September 25. These included the RAC and Institute of Refrigeration Student of the Year award with the top prize going to Gam Gills of Star Refrigeration, who was trained by Sunderland Engineering Training Association.

Ryan Walton of AC Solutions took home the Silver Award and Adam Walker of J&E Hall was given the Bronze prize. A total of ten finalists were shortlisted for this year’s Student of the Year prize.

The evening saw a Diversity Impact Award being handed out for the first time as part of the Cooling Awards as a means to recognise meaningful efforts to broaden the sector’s appeal to people of all backgrounds and move away from a historically male-dominated workforce across the sector.

Our judging panel selected A1 Engineering Solutions to be the first ever recipient of the prize for its overall work to broaden its recruitment scope and ensure a more representative workforce.

This included scouring universities for talent that may otherwise be channelled towards other industries, while also employing skilled design and management staff representing countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Among the night’s other winners were Sainsbury’s, which took home the prize for Cold Chain Project or innovation of the Year, and Ziehl-Abegg that was recognised in the AC innovation: Components and Peripherals category for its nature-inspired Zabluefin EX blue, centrifugal fan.

Cold Control Services was chosen as RAC contractor of the Year for organisations with up to 100 employees. Beswick Refrigeration Services was meanwhile given a highly commended rating from judges in the same category.

The Contractor of the Year prize for organisations with over 100 employees was awarded to Flowrite Services.

Clade Engineering Systems was unveiled as the winner of the Low-Carbon Achievement of the Year prize for its company carbon strategy project. This focused on cutting its waste and carbon emissions. Judges praised the company for analysing every aspect of its business and amending operations accordingly.

Aerofoil Energy was meanwhile given a highly commended for its shelf-edge technology.

David Blackhurst of Star Technical Services was this year’s recipient of the Fred Jamieson Award for Industry Achievement in recognition of his 15 years working with the company in a range of project and sales roles, before becoming director of the Star Technical Solutions business.

The year’s RAC Gold Award was given to Steve Gill for its efforts in founding the first ever World Refrigeration Day that took place on June 26. The day saw a host of activities undertaken by companies and organisations trying to build awareness about the importance of cooling. It was supported in 153 countries around the world with the WRD logo translated in to languages ranging from Afrikaans to Zulu.

The full list of winners can be found here, or in our special round-up appearing in October’s edition of RAC Magazine that is out now. You can subscribe to the magazine for free here.

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