How innovation is helping UK companies build a resource efficient future

This year, two Innovation Gateway partners, RBS and Tesco, were invited to speak at the RWM exhibition, at the NEC in Birmingham. The conference provided a platform for innovative discussions and opportunities for collaboration to achieve a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.

'JUMP' into action - how RBS saved 5% on its energy bills

RBS piloted their award winning internal behaviour change campaign in 2016, engaging its employees in sustainable behaviours. This session will highlight findings from their initiative and showcase their operational practices that look to save RBS £3 million in 2017 in energy alone.

Michael Lynch, Engagement Lead for Workplace Sustainability from RBS, and Graham Simmonds from the JUMP team presented their award winning internal behaviour change campaign, sourced through the Innovation Gateway – JUMP Employee Engagement Programme. The session highlighted findings from RBS’ initiative and showcased their operational practices in rolling out a sustainability engagement programme across the UK and Ireland after a successful pilot led to a 5% average electricity reduction and 500,000 disposable cups being correctly recycled.

The talk was attended by an engaged audience, and the audience were given a detailed description of JUMP’s journey from a successful pitch in the Innovation Gateway through to a UK-wide rollout and plans to scaling it up to the EMEA and India. Interest was high and Graham and Mike were posed with some interesting questions from the audience which they got stuck into answering before the allotted time ran out.

Smarter procurement: What are your businesses energy options?

With the development of new technologies and renewable energy, businesses have more choice and control over their energy procurement. Anna Carolina Menezes, Head of Energy (UK + International) from Tesco, shared her experience in how Tesco is utilising smart and bespoke procurement strategies to achieve significant savings.

Following the Paris Climate Agreement, Tesco started working with external experts to set new, science-based targets which are aligned with a 1.5 degree trajectory and to become a zero carbon business by 2050.

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The move builds on Tesco’s commitment to support and develop innovation that targets efficiency improvements in energy, water, waste, health & wellbeing. Tesco will be sharing its progress and results through the Innovation Gateway, an expanding coalition of companies working together since 2014 to reduce the environmental impacts of their buildings. This is vital for Tesco as they are ultimately reducing the carbon footprint of their shopping baskets without having their customers to bear the cost of doing so.

Other interesting sessions include John Lewis, LEGO Group, M&S and more:

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