Launch of the 2019 Heathrow Centre of Excellence Sustainability Innovation Prize

The Heathrow Centre of Excellence Sustainability Innovation Prize is aimed at solving some of the environmental sustainability challenges facing Heathrow and other airports, and the aviation industry more widely.

The Prize is available to someone working on an idea to reduce the impact of people travelling to and from the airport, or on technology for greener flights, such as electric aircraft or biofuels. Projects to capture and use carbon at or near airports will also be considered.

The £30,000 prize will be an invitation to run and implement a pilot of the winning idea at the Airport.

The focus is on entrepreneurial ideas for how to reduce carbon impacts through one of three ways:

Sustainable surface transport: Enabling travel to and from the airport with low or zero emissions.

Preparing for sustainable flight: Expediting the arrival of a fossil-fuel free flight, including through the introduction of new hybrid and electric aircraft.

Delivering negative emissions: Finding new, practical ways to capture and use carbon at or near the airport.

Entry is open to all limited companies of any size that are registered in the UK.

Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s director of sustainability, said:

“Climate change is the greatest threat facing our generation and it is imperative we take meaningful steps to address our impacts – and we need to make them quickly.

“Through the Centre of Excellence, and by partnering with top scientists we will continue to think radically about sustainability, translate ideas into action at Heathrow, and across our industry.”

The deadline for applications to be received is 22 May 2019.

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