As an idealist I am promoting freely available mapping such as OS Open Data with free GIS to drive the maps. Freeware software with professional integrity. Host a series of UK GIS workshops through the BIGGA (accepted) and and eventually other greenkeeping assocaitions. I have been working on this concept as a long term unemployed Golf course GIS Analyst whilst helping my wife with our dissabled daughter so I have had ...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)
Increasingly, people carry smartphones and tablets, with integrated GPS, social networking, cameras, sound and video recording, the ability to live stream etc When someone goes missing and members of the public want to help, they could opt-in to capture and share a wide variety of data with the emergency services. The emergency services could use social networking technology to coordinate movements and keep in touch ...more »
A scheme for raising awareness and the prevention of take-away food litter by recording its point of origin and collection and rewarding by a lottery when litter is properly disposed of.
A system diagram is hosted at http://watertowerproject.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/idea-for-litter-prevention-scheme.html
Create a connect-able, broker-free web of independent transport companies; breaking down the systemic big company / small company inefficiencies which exist.
The ameeScore is a unique score from 1 – 100 which we have given to every business and organisation in the UK. It is based on an organisation’s annual carbon emissions divided by its annual revenue. 100 is the best, 1 is the worst.
The score is freely accessible online and enables anyone to compare the environmental performance of organisations operating in the same SIC 2007 industry sector.
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
The UK has one of the most advanced green policies in the world and yet policy makers and companies would struggle to say what exactly is missing in the policy to make more businesses eco-innovative. Only 25% (1036 out of 4096) large Innovative businesses and 11% Innovative SMEs (1621 out of 13667) during 1998-2006 responded positively on doing eco-innovation (UK Data Archive, 2012). Our project will provide the following ...more »
SAP stands for standard assessment procedure and is a measurement of a predicted energy consumption of a property based on a combination of building geometry, physics and systems. An estimation of this energy demand can be calculated using a combination of open source and OS data regarding the size, perimeter, age and location of the property.It can be automated at a street, neighbourhood or district scale to provide ...more »
Mobile phone producers such as Orange, Three Mobile, Virgin Mobile, et al need to collect a high percentage of the mobile phones and tablets they put on the market through take-back schemes. Failure to collect 65% of the tonnage by 2016 can lead to heavy fines for the business owners. Businesses need more detailed information about which city centres and communities respond to campaigns in order to target their efforts ...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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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