In the UK around 4.5 million people are registered on recycling / reuse websites which encourage people to give old or unused belongings away (e.g. Freecycle, Freegle, RealCycle). They help to improve the environmental performance of businesses by extending the lifecycle of products otherwise thrown away as waste. Despite their widespread popularity and the increasing availability of social and geographic information ...more »
How can we help British business improve environmental performance?
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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)
The UK government has set an innovative target of a 60% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. Energy use from housing accounts for 27% of the UK’s CO2 emissions (more than one-quarter of CO2 emissions) and by 2050 there could be almost 37m homes, a rise of 12m from today’s figure of 25m (AMA Research, 2008). Therefore, the UK residential sector needs to contribute to emissions reductions. Latest energy ...more »
Our idea will enable businesses to recycle their computer equipment for use in schools to encourage learning about sustainability through Minecraft.
People walking down their street or past a factory, garage etc need a summary of environmental risks and benefits that site provides. They should be able to text a number or scan a QR code to get a summary response that shows what is licensed in this place, what performance against permits has been and what incidents have previously occurred
Our idea is to develop a “resilient resources” tool that could catalogue and map the uses of resources in a local region and offer users ways to analyse and identify where gaps exist and what waste streams could be redirected to build a more circular economy of resource flows.
This idea is based around finding out whether a particular business is suitable for different renewable energy schemes and will show the buildings that are suitable using OS Open Data. For example, normally in order to get solar panels for a roof the buyer would have to let the solar panel company send staff out to have a look at the roof and house properties. Using this information a quote is estimated for price and ...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 »
Vode.it is a social platform for video reviews of local businesses and events.Vode.it is the 'Timeout' of video review website & apps. for small and medium businesses & the Video App Timeout & Tripadvisor, showing authentic recommendations & point of experience rating through video reviews. Vode.it stands inbetween Yelp and Viddy featuring social video reviews of businesses, services, places and events. The web and app ...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 »
3D Virtual Community Mapping Our socially innovative project whatsinmycommunity.com provides a social media platform designed to help bring all sectors of communities together via a series of interactive features, as well as providing a hub for complimentary initiatives. Local wins and initiatives can be shared with other towns across the UK connected through this site. We would now like to add 3D virtual mapping ...more »
Many SMEs are under the impression that recycling and donating for reuse would be costly, time consuming and inconvenient. They often lack the skills, knowledge or time to put a value on their ‘waste’ and identify suitable local reuse and recycling organisations. In addition, in certain parts of the country, there has been a lack of local capacity to collect unwanted items for reuse. This has, however, recently been ...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 »
Many businesses are not aware of Green Projects that they could potential be involved in, where they are taking place, who is involved and how to get involved. The idea is to bring together various green projects with businesses through a web portal. OS OpenData will be used to display the location of projects, the areas the projects influence and also the other partners involved in the project. There will also be information ...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 »
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 »