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Carrier Transicold and Linde’s Frostcruise system scoop “Quiet” awards

Brighton, UK: Carrier Transicold has won the Enterprise in Quiet Transport Award at the Noise Abatement Society John Connell Awards.

The award, sponsored by the Freight Transport Association, is given in recognition of exemplary transport and delivery schemes working for the public benefit.

Carrier Transicold was praised for leading the way in Quiet Transport and enabling the potential for out-of-hours deliveries in urban areas. Carrier Transicold has continued to innovate by adding the new Vector 1550 City model to its family of PIEK certified units, said the judges. This, together with the Vector 1850 City MT overcomes many of the challenges of distribution in urban or sensitive areas. The mono and multi-temperature refrigerated trailers operate at a level of under 60dBs, as required by PIEK, and a full 10 dBs lower than most typical tractor units. Being able to operate more quietly has meant the option of delivering out of hours, which in turn leads to greater efficiency in the supply chain, improved road security, and reduced traffic congestion, pollution and fuel consumption.

The Technology Award, sponsored by the Institute of Acoustics, applauds the vital role that industry can play in reducing noise pollution in our environment.

The winner was Linde Frostcruise Cryogenic in-transit refrigeration system. The judges described Frostcruise as an efficient, economical, cryogenic in-transit refrigeration system. It provides an eco-friendly solution for the transportation of perishable chilled and frozen food, based on the use of liquid nitrogen (LIN) as the refrigerant. Frostcruise is low-noise and operates much more quietly than diesel-operated refrigeration systems and can therefore be used to deliver at night or at early hours.

The John Connell awards are designed to recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives from local authorities, industry, individuals and organisations that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community, helping to improve the aural environment.

They are named in honour of the Society’s founder, John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK.

Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said: “We live in an increasingly noisy society and many of us are unaware of the destructive effect that noise pollution can have on health, learning, productivity and quality of life. Each of the winners of the John Connell award categories have made an outstanding contribution to creating practical solutions to help reduce noise pollution, enabling us all to benefit from a more harmonious environment.”