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Dear Colleagues:

In Part 3, I had elaborated on how you could frame your entry – primarily speaking, write the essay – in as comprehensive, relevant and accurate a manner as possible.

I say ‘primarily speaking’, because it represents a significant opportunity for you to present your case in the best manner possible. The essay requires you to elaborate on the single most important contribution you have made as an organisation, individual, project or service towards comprehensively improving, or contributing to the comprehensive improvement of, the condition of the world. As mentioned in Part 3, the time period of evaluation is from October 1, 2017 to September 1, 2018, which means that you could have taken steps towards helping improve the condition of the world and either completed the work or initiated action, which given the scope, could take beyond September 1, 2018 to complete. Of course, you would need to show evidence of substantial progress towards completing the work during the period of evaluation, if the scope is such that the work would take a longer time to complete.

You would need to base your essay on any one or more of the 17 socio-economic and sustainable development targets (click here to access the 17 targets). In Part 3, we looked at the example of leaking ducting systems and how you as a manufacturer/supplier of air movement or ventilation equipment or as an MEP consultant could make a significant contribution. Today, we shall look at another example – hydraulic balancing – and how you as a District Cooling company or District Cooling Utility Provider can make a significant contribution to ensuring reliability of chilled water supply, which would not only provide thermal comfort (Target 5: Providing thermal comfort indoors or outdoors without compromising on energy efficiency) but also increase the sense of confidence in District Cooling as an approach, provided it is applied properly and it accommodates the interests of all stakeholders, including building owners and tenants. The success of District Cooling and its acceptance would, undoubtedly, be a significant boost to efforts aimed at improving energy efficiency and, consequently, reducing peak-load demand and, overall, indirect emissions (Target 1: Mitigating climate change (reducing direct and indirect emissions)).

If you are a contractor, which is one of the sub-categories of the awards category, ‘District Cooling Company of the Year’, you could make use of the opportunity of writing the essay by elaborating on the best practices you have employed in properly installing the reticulation network, so that the farthest tower in the network benefits from reliable chilled water supply, as does the one nearest to the District Cooling plant. In your essay, you could elaborate on the equipment selection decisions, and the planning and the execution that have led to hydraulic balancing in a District Cooling scheme. And if you are a District Cooling Utility Provider, you could elaborate on the commitment you have shown in ensuring this very basic of requirements is properly and consistently addressed. This could have been through selecting the right (qualified and specialised) contractor for the job of laying the pipework and handling other imponderables, and through ensuring the proper testing and commissioning protocols and O&M practices.

In the next part, we shall continue the discussion on how you could frame your entry in as comprehensive, relevant and accurate a manner as possible.