The climate emergency is gathering pace, and it’s clear the world needs widespread change – every corner of society has to get involved, and every part of our daily lives will be affected. That’s why we’re backing the Green Challenge, a Europe-wide competition to reward the very best sustainability projects and start-ups.
First prize is €500,000, and competition entry is free and open until the end of April. So, how might the competition winners transform daily life here in the UK?
Our experts have been taking a closer look at the country’s most forward-thinking green tech projects. They’ve seen signs of a future powered by new ways of creating and saving energy, alongside smarter recycling and a sharing economy.
It can feel like fighting climate change is all about dramatic steps like never flying again – but smaller changes in the way we do everyday things will have a huge impact too.
Some of the ideas we’ve uncovered are based on exciting new technology. But many are simply harnessing people’s passion for sharing experiences, avoiding waste and coming together to solve our problems and challenges.
Your journey to work
Electric vehicles are becoming more popular – and while the distance they can travel between charges is growing, drivers still need to know how far they can go before topping up. So we’re intrigued by new software that uses artificial intelligence and live data to reveal exactly how many more miles an electric vehicle has left, taking some of the stress out of a daily commute.
Of course, cycling is an even greener transport option, reducing congestion at the same time. So how could the sharing economy get more of us pedalling? A new online marketplace is letting bike owners rent their ride out for hours, days or weeks – great news for part-time cyclists and anyone who wants to give it a try before buying their own wheels.