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Lower-GWP Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Innovation Award

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What Is Lower-GWP Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Innovation Award?

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The award promotes innovative design, research and practice by recognizing people who have developed or implemented innovative technological concepts applied in developing countries to minimize global warming potential (GWP) through refrigeration and air-conditioning management.

To be eligible, work must have taken place in a developing country.  Developing countries are as listed in Article 5, Paragraph 1 of the Montreal Protocol fund.

Who Are the Awarding Organizations?

Award recipients will be recognized by ASHRAE and UN Environment.

How Often Is the Award Issued/Awarded?

Annually


What Are the Award Categories?

First Place and Honorable Citation awards are made in two categories:

  • Residential Applications
  • Commercial/Industrial Facilities

What Are the Entry Criteria?

The award promotes innovative design, research and practice by recognizing people who have developed or implemented innovative technological concepts applied in developing countries to minimize global warming potential (GWP) Refrigerants.

The award is only open to individuals and to teams of individuals who were involved in the research, design or implementation of the technology used in the project.  While one or more individuals may be involved through their work with institutions, private sector organizations, or firms, awards will only be made to and in the name of individuals rather than to their firms or other types of employers.

If submission is by an individual, individuals must confirm the work was not a team effort and must provide confirmation by a person familiar with the work. If a team of individuals is selected for an award, the team itself shall determine which person shall be entitled to receive funding to accept the award. All team members will receive a certificate (maximum 5 per team).


How Do I Enter for the Award

ENTER FOR THE AWARD

The submission form requires descriptive responses to each of the following:

  • Description of innovation in field of lower-GWP refrigerants
  • Project/Applicant details (description must include confirmation project has been implemented and date of implementation)
  • Extent of need.
  • Description and goal of the research, design, practice or project
  • Naming of low GWP refrigerants used and description of associated refrigerant management practices associated with the lower GWP refrigerants
  • Environmental impact achieved including specific reference to the GWP chemicals' contribution
  • Further application of project
  • Financial feasibility in developing countries and economic impact of the research, design or practice
  • Photographs illustrating the project and tables, figures or charts that present statistical data demonstrating the project's successful performance or experimental findings are encouraged to be provided with the application.

How are the Winners Selected?

The winners in each category will be selected based on innovative solutions for designs, practice or research using lower-GWP technologies. The selection will take into account the following criteria:

  • Extent of need (25%);
  • Innovative aspects in transforming conventional practices (25%);
  • Technical replicability to developing countries (25%); and
  • Economy feasibility to developing countries (25%).

What Happens to the Winning Projects

Winning projects will be publicized by both organizations, and the First Place recipients will receive a stipend to receive their award at a UN Environment event. UN Environment, represented by the Law Division (OzonAction), and ASHRAE have a Memorandum of Understanding to establish technical cooperation and mutual coordination toward providing professional technical services to the refrigeration and air-conditioning stakeholders (governmental, private, and public). The organizations work to ensure that up-to-date related technical information and standards are properly introduced and promoted. ASHRAE is a worldwide technical society of more than 57,000 individual members.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Contact

W. Stephen Comstock, ASHRAE comstock@ashrae.org
Ayman Eltalouny, Coordinator International Partnerships, UN Environmen ayman.eltalouny@un.org

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