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UK heating and cooling expert wins major environmental award

18 March 2022

A project chaired by Professor of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Graeme Maidment, from London South Bank University (LSBU) won a national environmental award run by ACR News on 17 March 2022. The ACR News Award for ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’ was presented to Professor Maidment for a project called ‘Beyond Refrigeration’ which aims to tackle the challenge of achieving net zero heating & cooling in the UK. The ‘Beyond Refrigeration’ project is led by the Institute of Refrigeration and chaired by Professor Maidment.

'Environmental Initiative of the Year’ was one of 20 national awards presented at the ACR News Awards for leading work in the UK’s air conditioning and refrigeration sector.

Professor Asa Barber, Dean of LSBU’s School of Engineering, said, “Professor Graeme Maidment is one of the UK’s leading experts on heating and cooling and his success at the ACR News awards is richly deserved. The award-winning project that Graeme Maidment chairs, ‘Beyond Refrigeration’, aims to tackle the challenge of achieving net zero heating & cooling, which is a crucial issue affecting millions of people in the UK. Professor Maidment’s heating and cooling work has had international impact and his research work within LSBU’s School of Engineering has been recognised as world leading. Congratulations Graeme for winning this national award, here’s to many more!

In 2019 Professor Maidment launched LSBU’s GreenSCIES project which aims to develop smart local energy systems around the UK, replacing fossil fuels with local renewable power generation and waste heat to provide heating, cooling, power and mobility and to cut carbon emissions.

In November 2021 at COP26 Professor Maidment launched a Beating the Heat guide which contained three steps for cities around the world to reduce heat in urban areas.