March 13, 2023
Engaging startups to pilot innovative solutions aimed at helping us achieve NetZero
In 2021, PUBLIC partnered with COP26 and the Cabinet Office to design and deliver the Tech for Our Planet (TFOP) programme, an innovation challenge programme to identify and pilot leading CleanTech SMEs that address the most pressing challenges in achieving Net Zero, and to showcase them at COP26 in Glasgow. Through a project needs assessment, PUBLIC identified three clear objectives: i) find a set of diverse, high-quality CleanTech solutions on an international scale that could address the challenges; ii) enable selected companies to complete a successful pilot in a short timeframe, ahead of the final event iii) and execute a successful event as part of the COP26 conference in Glasgow.
We were responsible for designing the programme, including defining the five challenge areas aligned with the COP26 vision and priorities and running a competitive global selection process to find the most promising CleanTech SMEs. We then worked with down-selected SMEs to successfully execute a 3-month pilot with public and private sector partners and organised the final Tech For Our Planet Showcase and fringe events for innovators to present the results of their pilot, and to engage with policymakers and investors around CleanTech's potential.
We provided clear value to the Cabinet Office by:
At the end of this process, 10 diverse and dynamic SMEs presented their solutions on stage at COP26 in front of policymakers and investors from all over the world. These solutions demonstrated great results on a small scale. For example, the Canadian startup Brainbox AI, employing artificial intelligence to autonomously monitor the energy efficiency of buildings, has been generating up to 25% energy reduction and a 40% improvement in individual building carbon footprints, and Olio, a community food-sharing app aiming to eliminate food waste, successfully collected 23 tonnes of food in an 8-week pilot program across 23 Tesco stores. The Tech For Our Planet event attracted 4500 attendees and generated 1000 social media posts and 3.5 social media impressions.
Supporting to the European Commission to foster the digitisation of the public sector by convening the European GovTech ecosystem
Working with BEIS to enhance user engagement with digital services to drive its Climate Finance Accelerator (CFA) initiative
Partnering with the Department for Health & Social Care and NHSX to launch the UK’s flagship COVID-19 challenge programme as a tool for rapidly scaling new technologies which could help address key priorities during the health crisis