Steve Gill, the man behind this year’s inaugural World Refrigeration Day, was honoured with the RAC Gold Award for service to the industry in Cooling Industry Awards.

The announcement sparked a standing ovation for the Derby-based refrigeration consultant from the 500 guests at the London Hilton Hotel. The first World Refrigeration Day on June 26 received the backing of all the world’s major air conditioning and refrigeration bodies and was celebrated in more than 153 countries.

Another notable winner at the Cooling Industry Awards was German manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg which picked up two awards for its ground-breaking ZAbluefin ECblue centrifugal fan.

Sam Gills of Star Refrigeration, ACR Trainee of the Year in 2017, took the Gold Medal in the RAC National Student of the Year Award. Ryan Walton of AC Solutions took Silver and Adam Walker of J&E Hall won the Bronze Medal.