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01/10/2012

Mitchells & Butlers awarded for energy reduction innovation

Mitchells & Butlers' Energy Management team are celebrating after winning two awards in recognition of their innovation in energy reduction at the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Cooling Industry Awards 2012.

The Awards are held annually by RAC and highlight the leading technical innovations and environmental successes driving the sector.

Mitchells & Butlers was named winner of 'Environmental Collaboration of the Year' for developing a free air cellar cooling system along with its partners Climate Center and GEA Searle.

Simon Cocks, Energy Project Manager, Mitchells & Butlers said: "Often the simplest ideas are the best, but really difficult to achieve. This system draws in cool air from outside when temperatures drop below 10 degrees and turns off the traditional cellar cooling saving a huge amount of energy."

Mitchells & Butlers also picked up a second award for End User of the Year (Non supermarket) beating of a quality shortlist of companies including Boots, GKN Aerospace and Nottingham University.

The judges recognised Mitchells & Butlers as an end-user who is willing to push the boundaries with new technology and techniques. The Company takes an innovative approach to environmental matters within its restaurants and pubs, introducing low-energy policies and focusing on employee engagement.

Richard Felgate, Head of Energy Management, Mitchells & Butlers commented: "To win two awards was an amazing achievement and recognition of how Mitchells & Butlers is leading our industry in energy reduction. What was really impressive was the speed at which Climate Center and manufacturers GEA Searle worked in order to help us develop this product in time for the winter of 2011, they took Simon's initial design brief and had a prototype manufactured within two weeks."

Mitchells & Butlers has now installed the air cellar cooling system in over 700 businesses delivering a return on investment of 63%.

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