ASDA, the Co-Operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons have underlined their commitment to ‘green’ solutions and demonstrated the leadership of supermarket retailers in pioneering energy-saving technologies with success in this year’s Cooling Industry Awards.
The Cooling Industry Awards is the benchmark, recognising excellence in environmentally friendlier refrigeration and air conditioning. Around 500 guests attended the London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel for this year’s gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony.
Radical application of heat recovery technology featured strongly in the winning project entries for both the Co-Operative Group and Morrisons. The Co-op’s store at Norris Green in Liverpool secured top spot in the Green End User Of The Year: Small Projects award.
The breakthrough system at this store is the first carbon neutral heating system in the UK to be driven by its refrigeration system, eliminating the need for commercial heating equipment all together.
Meanwhile, in Green End-User Of The Year: Large Projects, Morrisons were victorious thanks to its combination of alternative carbon dioxide refrigerant with heat recovery to supply all the hot water at its Stockton store. The result is a large supermarket with the lowest possible carbon footprint for a building of its type in the UK.
The development of trans-critical carbon dioxide systems which deliver at the sharp end and an ability to “think outside the box” impressed the judges in the winning entry for the Environmental Pioneer – Air Conditioning category. Here, Marks & Spencer’s collaboration with Oaksmere, Sustainable Design Solutions, Weatherite and Star Refrigeration proved successful.
ASDA won the coveted Installation of The Year: Retail award. The retailer took a truly ground-breaking decision to replace all of its multi-deck chiller cabinets and half-glass door frozen units with full glass door versions at its Abbey Park store in Coventry. Judges admired the combination of commercial bravery and the sheer weight of energy savings achieved in the project, which totalled more than 20%.
In the evening finale, the RAC Gold Award which recognises outstanding services to the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector, was presented to John Ellis, a man whose influence as a trainer, industry adviser and skills advocate, is felt by people at all levels of the industry.
Another highlight on the night was the hotly contested Environmental Product Of The Year category. This went to Emerson Climate Technologies for the Copeland Digital Scroll with Vapour Injection. Judges lauded Emerson as a company which has “continued to develop the scroll concept to deliver not only high efficiency but also capacity control. Pound for pound, it is the most efficient on the market.”
“Energy efficient cooling will continue to be an area where the supermarkets and other energy hungry end-users will seek improvement in the future” says Ray Gluckman Chair of the 12 strong team of judges, Group Consulting Director at Enviros Consulting and former president of the Institute of Refrigeration.
“The Cooling Industry Awards, their growing popularity and the fierce competition to win the categories are indicative of this trend. This year’s entries were of the highest quality and we congratulate all the winners and finalists for their success and their efforts in making the short-list.”
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