A year after the launch of Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s plan for sustainable growth, Heathrow Airport has launched a Sustainable Innovation Prize and is encouraging UK-based businesses and organizations to submit their ideas on how to make the aviation sector more sustainable.
The competition aims to address a range of environmental challenges faced by airports, as the world gradually moves towards decarbonising energy systems and mitigating climate change, and entrants are encouraged to offer solutions that either treat waste as a resource; reduce the emissions and environmental impact of construction; or measure and enhance the quality of life for local communities.
Heathrow will award £20,000 to the winning business to develop their idea, and the opportunity to use Heathrow as a living laboratory. There they will be able to trial and develop their concept and gain exposure to Heathrow’s operations and partners in the process.
"This prize is an opportunity for us to attract talented organizations that are passionate about improving our environmental footprint and who can push us to think outside the box,” said Heathrow Sustainability Director, Matt Gorman. And the winning idea will become an integral part of the Heathrow 2.0 strategy, which outlines 200 goals covering a range of environmental, economic and social issues including the use of 100 per cent renewable energy, establishing an airside ultra-low emission zone and achieving carbon neutrality.
The deadline for submissions is 31st of March and the winning entry will be selected from six finalists each given the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of Heathrow’s senior executives.