Adrian Hewitt, climate change leader at Merton Council, received the H&V News Gold Award for his outstanding contribution to the industry.
He said: “I cannot tell you how proud I am to receive this award.”
Mr Hewitt said the HVAC industry was at the forefront of the climate change debate because finding low carbon and more efficient ways of heating and ventilating buildings was vital.
He said: “That element of engineering has always really interested me.”
Robert Higgs, chief executive of award sponsor the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA), presented the award at the glittering event hosted by London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
He said: “Adrian Hewitt is a true environmental pioneer. As climate change leader with the London Borough of Merton he was responsible for developing and implementing the groundbreaking Merton Rule, as part of a range of radical planning.
“In October 2003, Merton became the first UK local authority to impose a requirement whereby non-residential developments had to generate at least 10 per cent of their energy needs from renewable sources.
“This bold initiative soon became an inspiration to many other enlightened authorities, many of which have been keen to follow Merton’s example – most notably London, where, in 2010, the renewable energy requirement is to be raised to 20 per cent.
“The Merton Rule has also had a major influence on national energy policy – its principles having been enshrined last year in planning policy statements issued by central Government.”
Adrian Hewitt, centre, is pictured with Robert Higgs and H&V News Associate Publisher Adam Northcroft.
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