A global contest searching for the next big carbon-cutting innovation is being launched in Edinburgh.
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, launched this year at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, searches for a global hero to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through innovative sustainable business ideas.
Now in its sixth year, the challenge offers a top prize of £400,000 funding and expert business support for the best idea and business plan for a product or service that helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a great example of galvanising people in Scotland and worldwide to take action to reduce emissions. The achievements of previous competition winners illustrate what an incredible impact seemingly simple ideas can have.
Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change
Entrepreneurs can enter the challenge by submitting their business plans for sustainable, creative and innovative products and services.
Previous winning ideas include a system for cutting water and energy use in showers, portable solar collectors, and near-invisible rooftop wind turbines.
Finalists will present their ideas before an international jury of experts and an audience of invited guests at a conference in Amsterdam. Three winners will then go on to New York, where the jury will announce the winner of the grand prize on September 23.
Ideas must be submitted by July 31. For more details, see:
We firmly believe that innovation – be that in business, society or in policy and governance – is the key to overcoming the challenges of creating a low carbon future.
Executive Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation brings together experts in law, business, technology and policy-making from three different Universities.
The centre will seek to shape regulations for emerging industry sectors, and help create a workforce equipped with the relevant skills.
Experts will seek to establish the centre as a forum through which university academics and other professionals can work with businesses and local government to help develop a low-carbon society.
The centre is hosted by the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier and Heriot-Watt Universities.
This article was published on May 15, 2012