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.
Ideeas were delighted to be shortlisted for two awards at the 2016 Business Awards—we were up for Green Champion and the sustainable Development Award.
Ideeas are announced as winner in the 2017 Business Innovator Awards for Best Event Environmental Management Service—Scotland. We also won an Excellence Award for Environmental Impact Assessments—UK.
In August 2017 we headed off to Bulgaria to lead ateliers and to advise on sustainability issues at the RADAR “Beyond Muisc” Festival.
We are also delighted to be awarded mentorship funding to assist with the Hong Kong based Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Company to set up a new festival at Shalowan, Hong Kong. We will be undertaking site visits and working with the local community in February 2018 to help develop the festival concept and highlight sustainability issues.
Ideeas are delighted to be working with the inspiring Spark of Genius organisation helping them find suitable properties for their teaching facilities. www.sparkofgenius.com
Our expertise at music festivals is proving helpful once again as we provided assistance to Island Music in their efforts to set up Islay’s first music festival in Summer 2017.
Managing Director Steve Taylor is key presenter at the Sustainable Cultural Management Course held in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 6th–10th 2016. Advising course participants on the Great Outdoors, how to leave a site as you found it after a major outdoor event or festival. He was also a speaker at the Green Events and Innovations conference in London in March highlighting sustainability at events in Scotland and Africa.
Steve Taylor is a representative on the European Interreg supported FREED project. Working with the Green Angel Syndicate in Edinburgh, he is helping advise on innovations in the renewable energy sector in the Northern Periphery of Europe.
Our festival work continues with an economic review of the Wickerman festival held in Dumfries and Galloway. The festival had a rest year in 2016, but behind the scenes work goes on and we were pleased to work with Mark Kummerer associates to help provide an economic case for maintaining a major scale festival in this location.