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IoR award looks beyond refrigeration

UK: The Institute of Refrigeration has launched a new annual award to recognise a project that demonstrates achievements in reducing environmental emissions from cooling in the UK. 

The Beyond Refrigeration Environment Award seeks to address the challenges of net zero as well as facilitating the sharing of innovation, raising awareness of best practice and promoting the advancement of technology for the good of society.  

The award will be presented for the first time at the IoR Annual Dinner in February and the recipient will be invited to give a technical paper on the IoR written papers programme.

Institute president Graeme Fox described the award as “an important way of encouraging knowledge transfer within the industry and the adoption of innovative environmental solutions”.

The award is open to companies or a collaboration between companies. Entries can be for a single or multi-site innovation or project in any refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump field (industrial, commercial or domestic). The project must have been installed and must be operational. 

Entries must provide robust data on performance, energy usage and environmental impact. It is anticipated that a successful project will address at least four of the seven critical areas for addressing climate change as outlined in the IoR’s Beyond Refrigeration template. These are: maximising system performance, using best technology, balancing heating and cooling, reducing the need for cooling, intelligent energy use, developing the best people and skills, working together and whole system lifetime. 

Closing date for entries is 14 November.

For more information on the seven critical areas for addressing climate change as outlined in the IOR’s “Beyond Refrigeration” template, please visit For full details of the award nomination process see

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