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 »
How can we help British business improve environmental performance?
Thanks for your ideas. This Challenge is now closed but you can continue to comment on ideas posted.
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)
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 »
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 »
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 »
Shore Restore Services is a registered, non profit, Community Interest Company that we set up to regularly clean and maintain the beaches for the local community. We receive help from the Argyll Voluntary Action Group where they kindly find volunteers for our four beach cleans and surveys we do a year for the Marine Conservation Society. This will benefit the environment, tourism, businesses and improve employment as ...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.
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 »
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.
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 »
Voltage Optimisation is a proven way of reducing the energy used by appliances in business and in the home.
Mapping the areas of higher voltage - often directly related to the location of sub mains and local transformers will allow accurate targetting of customers who can gain the most by adopting the technology
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 »
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 »
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 »