Heathrow launches ¬£20K Sustainable Innovation Prize in exchange for leading green ideas
Could your idea help Heathrow meet growing demand in a way that creates a positive impact on the community, environment and the UK economy?
UK businesses and organisations are being invited to apply for Heathrow‚Äôs first Sustainable Innovation Prize by submitting ideas on how to address the environmental challenges of airports and the aviation industry.
The winning entry of the Sustainable Innovation Prize will be awarded ¬£20,000 and the green light to develop their idea, earning the opportunity to use Heathrow as a ‚Äòlive laboratory.‚Äô Here they will be able to trial and develop their winning concept and gain exposure to Heathrow‚Äôs operation and partners in the process.
This launch of the Sustainable Innovation Prize coincides with activity marking the anniversary of the Heathrow 2.0 -¬† the airport‚Äôs plan for sustainable growth. The prize will further Heathrow‚Äôs ambitions to make its business a centre of excellence for aviation sustainability, reducing the airport‚Äôs social and environmental impacts, while maximising the economic opportunities in the UK.
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Applicants are invited to submit ideas and solutions which fall into one of the following three categories:
- Waste as a resource -¬†Concepts that create value from waste water and waste materials at and around airports and in their supply chains.
- Sustainable and low carbon materials -¬†Solutions which transform the environmental impact of the large quantities of construction materials used for Heathrow‚Äôs buildings and supporting infrastructure.
- Measuring and enhancing quality of life locally -¬†Concepts that could help measure and improve quality of life for local communities, those living and working around the airport, taking into consideration wide ranging issues such as aircraft noise or employment opportunities.
Heathrow Sustainability Director Matt Gorman said: ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre delighted to launch our sustainable Innovation Prize which will help us to uncover a host of creative ideas to solve business challenges and provide benefit to our passengers and local communities.¬†
‚ÄúThis prize is an opportunity for us to attract talented organisations that are passionate about improving our environmental footprint and who can push us to think ‚Äòoutside the box‚Äô.
‚ÄúThe winning idea will become an integral part of our sustainability strategy ‚Äì Heathrow 2.0 ‚Äì and our plans to help us meet growing demand for our airport in a way that creates a positive impact on our community, environment and the UK economy.‚Äù
How to apply
Entries from UK applicants will be accepted via¬†http://your.heathrow.com/sustainability/centre-of-excellence/innovation-prizes.
The deadline for submissions is March 31.
Online submissions will be reviewed and six finalists will be selected to give a 10-minute pitch to a panel of judges made up of Heathrow‚Äôs senior executives from across the airport, including Matt Gorman, Heathrow‚Äôs Sustainability Director. The entries will be reviewed for maximum sustainability benefit, as well as likelihood of trial success and later implementation.
If you would like to discuss opportunities and support mechanisms for innovation in clean technologies please contact a member of KTN‚Äôs¬†Sustainability & Circular Economy¬†Team.
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