Beyond Refrigeration Environment Award beyondrefupdated2022

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Deadline: 14th November 2023

The IOR is delighted to announce a new Award that will be made annually to a project that demonstrates the achievements of our sector in reducing environmental emissions from cooling in the UK. The introduction of this award supports one of the most important priorities for IOR members – 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.  Not only will the winning project, company and team be recognised before their peers at the IOR Annual Dinner each year, they will be invited to give a technical paper on the IOR written papers programme to ensure that awareness of innovative and successful solutions is maximised.

The award is linked to the practical application of the IOR’s Beyond Refrigeration priorities that are aimed at supporting the sector towards net zero. 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. Read more about these topics at

Judging Criteria

An independent panel of Judges will consider entries against the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of Beyond Refrigeration principles cited.
  • Scale and benefits of environmental savings achieved (eg compared to previous installations or industry benchmarks).
  • Potential for replicability or wider application.
  • Innovative nature of the approach.
  • The award is designed to recognise recent projects, but as it is necessary to have had time to demonstrate result, it should be no longer than 2 years since the completion date of the project.

Key Dates

14th November 2023: Deadline for submission of entries.

20th December 2023: Entrants will be advised of the results of the judging.

22nd February 2024: Announcement of Finalists and Winner at IOR Annual Dinner.

By February 2025: Presentation by the winner to IOR members.