Ideeas are delighted to announce that we were winners at the Glasgow Business Awards again. Our success in 2019 was in the Sustainable Development category, highlighting our record in reducing greenhouse gas emissions across a number of companies and developing creative low carbon projects.
One of these, the Recycling Bike project took another step forward after we secured funding through the Scottish Power Energy Networks Green Energy Fund. Working closely with our regular partner, SoulRiders, we are developing a series of bike courier deliveries in Glasgow together with a truly circular food waste collection project. We collect the food waste by our customised cargo bikes, digest into compost and donate that compost to local food growers.
Ideeas have produced one of Scotland’s first Climate Emergency Plans for a proposed housing development. Working with housebuilder Taylor Wimpey we are consider how to create a new residential site that considers how to reduce the carbon emissions associated with both construction and when living in the area.
Ideeas have been lead researcher on a European funded project which considers the use of hydrogen as a fuel source, and what opportunities exist for battery based storage. In a separate European funded project we have worked with International partners to develop a strategy for rolling out a new domestic scale battery storage system.
Before the Covid – 19 pandemic cancelled the summer music festival season we had been continuing to develop our reputation as Scotland’s leading experts in sustainability at events and festivals. We have recently worked with promoters and secured A Greener Festival award for major events including TRNSMT, Manchester Pride, Brighton Pride, Blair Atholl Horse Trials, and Chatsworth Flower Show. Internationally we have helped develop festivals in Hong Kong, Malawi and Bulgaria.
We were delighted to be part of the International team developing a framework for assessing Climate Smart Agriculture projects in Kenya. Working with farmers and agri-businesses we developed criteria for guiding applicants for international funds to ensure they comply with the principles of Climate Smart Agriculture.
Our Managing Director Steve Taylor was asked to author the Water Chapter for the updated new version of the events sector’s sustainability guidance, The Show Must Go On. Produced early 2020 it provides easy advice for all events managers.