The Wasted Energy Network is a platform for encouraging inter-business recycling, triggering waste based economies and identifying areas of opportunity for sustainable waste management and energy generation systems. It will be the first mapping system to display, and make connections between, business waste production and the resultant potential for localised energy generation. Today garbage generation and disposal ...more »
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What are the barriers to businesses easily improving their environmental performance?
How can we help business see the value in their waste? How can communities and businesses work together, irrespective of geography and social demographic?
Before you submit an idea please read the problems we identified and register or log in to the Challenge. You can also comment on or rate ideas
The best ideas can win a slice of £100 000 in funding to get started.
The problems are grouped into 8 main themes:
Theme 1: From duty to opportunity
Theme 2: Good process management
Theme 3: Compliance
Theme 4: Awareness, knowledge & communication
Theme 5: Return on investment
Theme 6: Business priorities
Theme 7: Working with others
Theme 8: Organisational behaviour and culture
Please state which theme your ideas addresses.
The challenge ran from 6 March to 1 May 2013 (12noon)
We want to create an online service enabling businesses to recycle waste far more effectively.
The idea is to bring waste producers and processors together using a centralised trading platform that will facilitate collaboration and therefore reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Staff travel is normally the largest CO2 contributor in a business. The aim is to help employers see exactly where their staff travel from so they can introduce more sustainable travel options. We want to build on the success of the myPTP Geovation project. myPTP collects data on staff travel patterns including journey routes and times. We would like to develop a tool to produce heat maps on online OS maps ...more »
Our project aims to facilitate a peer to peer network to provide potential agriculturists with the information, support and practical opportunities they need to get started. The problem - Over 50% of farmers are nearing retirement, and too few of the younger generation are currently on track to enter agriculture related professions. The art of growing produce has not been learnt by many due in part to the increasing ...more »
THE BIG PROBLEM Do you know how much carbon you emit getting to work or moving around normally? No? Most people haven’t got a clue…. Averaged out each commuter emits 3.5Kg of CO2 a day – (that’s the weight of a new born baby in carbon). Astonishing. The solution: we should all be far more aware of our emissions from travel. THE BUSINESS HEADACHE With 80+% of businesses having 50% of their total CO2 footprint tied ...more »
Imagine what businesses could do to encourage bee populations or to prevent ash tree die back. This interactive web-based tool will identify simple actions businesses can take that improve biodiversity in their area, such as identifying rare species on site or adding bird boxes, etc. The tool could highlight actions taken by business users, and even rank their efforts. It will also encourage working with local wildlife ...more »
Recent research commissioned by the City of London shows that 63% of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) buy from other firms within the City and 68% sold to other firms in the City, highlighting the importance of those local trade relationships. But the majority (70%) of those firms who purchase within the City spend less than a quarter of their total purchasing budget in the City. More can be done to encourage greater ...more »
Sometimes people want to do good but don't know where to start. See, Say, Save enables staff to take photos/video of problems and ask for ideas from across the local community to help reduce, reuse or recycle
Cleanly separated recyclable materials without any contaminants are greatly sought after by reprocessing and manufacturing companies. Waste which has been carefully separated helps them significantly to reduce their costs, makes recycling economically viable, and is of course good for the environment. However, it is absolutely crucial that the waste materials they receive have no contaminates, otherwise it is of little ...more »
Fly tipping is such a huge problem in the UK. Over one billion pounds is spent on it every year. There are not costs spend on health issues caused by trash included. People do not realize how huge it is. Thats why we want to localize all illegal dumps over the UK and showcase the problem If you are on the walk in the forest or in the street and find fly tipping (illegal dumping) it is quite difficult to localize and ...more »
Streetkleen Bio Project is a practical, innovative solution based around the anaerobic digestion of dog waste to create usable energy (methane) . It will provide the impetus to demonstrate why we should divert dog waste from landfill and transform it into usable energy(methane). Dog fouling has the most negative impact across Neighbourhood Management areas in the UK. Local Authorities despite their best efforts have ...more »
My idea is to use OS mapping technology and straight forward soil sampling techniques to create a carbon map of the United Kingdom’s agricultural soils. I will then use this data as the basis for a carbon offset trading scheme that will create new revenues for farmers, encourage the growth of composting and enable companies across the UK to offset their carbon emissions. The potential is enormous as a 1% rise in soil ...more »
WEEE regulation does not go far enough. We propose a scheme that calls together a coalition of manufacturers to retrieve more value from the products they create by recovering them, disassembling and sorting them into the material components and passing them onto someone who can reprocess the parts. Starting with Kyocera (http://www.kyocera.co.uk/) the project aims for an industry-wide reduction in the environmental impact ...more »
This project will increase the uptake of renewable energy technologies (solar PV, ground-source heat, air-source heat, small wind turbine etc.) on community halls by providing a web based mechanism for management committees to locate and engage with other hall committees locally and nationally who have successfully installed and run renewable energy installations. Interaction with other hall committees has been shown ...more »
Consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and business’s environmental performance is a key influencing factor regarding the purchase of its products or services. Novel visualisation of environmental impact indicators such as energy usage overlaid onto OS Maps will surface this type of information, allowing consumers to view in a spatial context, the ‘environmental performance’ of businesses. Beyond the ...more »
To develop an app for smart phones which provides a quick link for cyclists to find a bike buddy who wants to cycle the same route from home to work. This will link up people who work in the same area and want to travel in the same direction with a bike buddy, providing extra support , security and motivation to cycle. A Bike Buddy mapping tool will then provide the best cycle route from work to home. This will encourage ...more »
Staff travel is a significant contributor of CO2 for businesses. We have all heard of carpooling, as a method to reduce costs and the carbon footprint of employees, but we propose to take this one step further and facilitate electric-carpooling. Tailored towards employees working in the city centre, electric car hubs would be established on the peripheries where employees drop off their car and carpool to work together ...more »
This idea is based on raising the awareness of the carbon footprint of business related travel and to indicate the more environmentally friendly options. Business travel can rely too much on domestic flights or travel methods which may not be the most optimal and environmentally friendly. The idea is to also promote the use of internet based communication methods like webinars, Skype and teleconferences, to avoid the ...more »
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – the unseen value in waste. This idea promotes the recycling or the re-use of any unwanted items between local businesses. It is proposed that a ‘recycling network’ or infrastructure be established where businesses act as ‘hubs’ for a specific type of item, for example unwanted computer devices, where items of this type can be dropped off or picked up. The use of OS Open ...more »
Using a range of geographic, building, and energy information, this project will identify potential energy saving actions for businesses and provide targeted advice using national schemes, local expertise networks, and existing in situ examples. Environmental support groups and community users will also be able to add data to help engage and support businesses.
Much of the travel carried out by individuals visiting a business is carried out inefficiently. This is often down to poor communication with the traveller who is simply given a postcode and has to rely upon a SatNav device or printed map to navigate themselves. Yet businesses KNOW the best routes to take to them and could easily guide customers or partners to their premises if these routes could be easily shared. Nautoguide ...more »
Companies, especially larger ones, often identify "spheres of influence" on maps to identify the area from which they draw customers. In a similar vein, companies could carry out an exercise to identify their "sphere of impact" with regards to their environmental impact on the world around them. Whilst some aspects of impact are likely to be much larger than their immediate district most should be contained with it. ...more »
An environmental rating score (like the European energy rating on appliances) can be generated for businesses based on data available and their completion of simple online assessments and activities. Their Environmental Rating Score (ERS) can be used by them at their premises, in advertising etc. There is then a website which allows customers to choose services and businesses by their location and ERS. The ERS score is ...more »
BoxLink is an online platform linking local businesses that have an abundance of quality used cardboard boxes to members of the public in need of cardboard boxes for free. Retail businesses can be inundated with cardboard boxes. Whilst the vast majority of businesses do recycle these, many are perfectly adequate for being directly reused rather than going through the energy intensive process of recycling. Furthermore, ...more »
To reduce the mountain of stretch and shrink wrap generated by "throw away" pallet wrapping. Despite all re-cycling activities over 150000 tonnes goes to landfill each year in the UK alone.