Heathrow launches UK competition to find green solutions for airports and aviation
Mar 2018 – Heathrow Airport has launched the Sustainable Innovation Prize for UK businesses and organisations to submit ideas and solutions on how to address the environmental challenges of airports and the aviation industry. The applications must fit one of three categories: waste as a resource; sustainable and low-carbon materials; and measuring and enhancing quality of life locally. Worth £20,000 ($27,000), the winner will be able to trial and develop their concept and the opportunity to use Heathrow’s operation and partners as a ‘live laboratory’. The entries will be reviewed for their maximum sustainability benefit, as well as likelihood of trial success and later implementation. The prize is part of the Heathrow 2.0 sustainable growth plan launched a year ago and the airport’s ambitions to make it a ‘centre of excellence’ for aviation sustainability.
“This 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 ‘outside the box’,” said Heathrow Sustainability Director Matt Gorman, who will be one of the judges. “The winning idea will become an integral part of our sustainability strategy 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.”