Can a deep-sea fish light the way to more sustainable cities?
Innovating for sustainability
Did you know that streetlights produce more than 1.1 million metric tonnes of CO₂ each year in the UK alone? That makes the global impact of lighting roads astronomical. Now, the natural light produced by bioluminescent deep-sea fish is inspiring research into zero-emission ways to light our cities.
We’ve also reduced CO₂ emissions by
taking Ora, an ingenious circular kitchen towel that uses less space in
distribution trucks, from idea to market in under six months. We also created a framework for businesses to innovate towards
the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the United Nations Global
Compact. And we’re working with leading organisations globally to
promote business models and practices that extract value from traditional waste.
Broadening the scope of sustainability for a positive human future
Sustainability today touches every part of organisations. Across industries, we’re:
- Devising ways for developing nations to embrace the Circular Economy in their manufacturing industries as part of our work with the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID)
- Ensuring scarce humanitarian aid gets to the right place at the right time by developing a blockchain for DfID that tracks aid through the complex, global supply chain
- Maximising crop yields with the University of Cambridge by using drones and machine learning to help farmers understand issues, from how to tackle disease and pests to when to water or fertilise fields.