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?

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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)


(@astudio)

How can we help British business improve environmental performance?

Creating an Energy Democracy: The Wasted Energy Network

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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42 votes
(@getonmyland)

How can we help British business improve environmental performance?

Get on my land

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 »

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12 votes
(@jodykingzett)

How can we help British business improve environmental performance?

CarbonGenie API

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 »

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12 votes
(@dominictaylor)

How can we help British business improve environmental performance?

The 'Green' Contest

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 »

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4 votes
(@mesvelt)

How can we help British business improve environmental performance?

Business Owl - Spotting Energy Efficiency Opportunities

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.

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3 votes
(@wmartindale8)

How can we help British business improve environmental performance?

Reducing the impact of food consumption and waste using geodata

We have developed a decision making Geotool that helps make more effective and targeted decisions geographically regarding consumption and waste production. The production of food waste by consumers has a high profile environmental impact of up to 100 million tonnes GHG per year (or up to 20% of the whole food system emissions). Food waste is very much the 'elephant in the room' that has had intense current policy focus ...more »

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2 votes
(@joseph.mcgenn)

How can we help British business improve environmental performance?

Which renewable energy scheme is right for you?

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 »

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2 votes