The 3rd annual Accelerate Magazine Awards/Europe program, which recognizes people and organizations that excel in advancing natural-refrigerant technologies, has launched its nomination process. The closing date for nominations will be 16 September.
Nominations in any of the awards categories are welcomed from end users, manufacturers, academics, contractors, consultants, policymakers, and others working with natural refrigerants within the HVAC&R industry. Self-nominations are accepted.
You can send your nominations in one or more categories to firstname.lastname@example.org; include your name, company, email, and phone number, nominee, award category, and reasons for nomination. Information on last year’s winners is available here.
The awards will be handed out at the 10th annual ATMOsphere Europe conference, taking place in Warsaw, Poland, from October 16-17. Read more about ATMOsphere Europe here
The awards include five categories:
- Best in Sector/Food retail
- Best in Sector/Industrial
- Best in Sector/Foodservice
- Innovation of the Year
- Person of the Year
Food retail includes any store that sells food primarily for consumption at home or on-the-go. Foodservice includes any retail outlet offering prepared food for consumption, primarily at the location, as well as food or beverage companies that supply their own cooling equipment to any retail establishment.
The Best in Sector nominees are evaluated on their efforts to further the adoption of natural refrigerant technologies from July 2018 to September 2019. The trophies will be awarded to technologies or systems that are part of new builds or remodels.
The judges are basing their decision on the following criteria:
- A reduction in energy consumption.
- A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
- Ease of reproduction.
- A business case including installation, operation, maintenance and training, and return on investment.
- Commitment to future natural-refrigerant installations.
- Industry leadership.
- Innovation and perseverance.
The Person of the Year award is presented to a single individual who has done the most to advance the adoption of natural refrigerant technologies in HVAC&R applications in Europe between July 2018 and September 2019.
Nominations for this category are open to individuals from end users, manufacturers, policymaking, academia and research.
The judges assess nominations based on the following criteria:
- Impact on development and/or implementation of natural refrigerant solutions.
- Leadership within their organization and/or their industry.
- Innovation and perseverance.
Last, but certainly not least, the Innovation of the Year award recognizes companies that have recently developed a novel natural refrigerant-based product with a significant impact on the market, with multiple installations in the field.
A panel consisting of shecco staff and external experts will select the Best in Sector category winners and the Person of the Year from nominations. The Innovation of the Year award will be decided by popular voting on selected nominations; after the nomination deadline, an online voting form will be published.
The Accelerate Magazine Awards/Europe were previously called the Accelerate Europe Awards. Accelerate Europe magazine was incorporated into Accelerate Magazine in June.