Innovators receive Shell funding to tackle waste
Low carbon and sustainability entrepreneurs received a total of £185,000 funding.
Every year, the Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard programmes recognise and award ground-breaking UK entrepreneurs helping to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low-carbon future – and this year’s winners are three innovative companies making waste management more sustainable.
Did you know that 12 million tonnes of food is thrown away annually1 and waste management accounts for approximately 7% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions2? This year’s winners are tackling this challenge from three different perspectives.
The 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner, Tom Robinson, started-up a company, Adaptavate, which creates bio-based alternative to plasterboard. The company’s product, Breathaboard, is made of 75% plant matter and is fully compostable, making it an environmentally-friendly substitute to traditional plasterboard, which is classified as hazardous waste. As the 2015 winner of Shell LiveWIRE, Tom received a total of £30,000 to help bring his product onto the market.
“Winning the Shell LiveWIRE title is a fantastic endorsement of our business. We are looking forward to getting our high performing bio-composite materials off the ground, and the award gives us the financial support and credibility boost to make these plans a reality,” said Tom.
The 2016 Shell Springboard National Winner, C-Capture, received a total of £150,000 to help commercialise technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. C-Capture was chosen from over 140 applicants, impressing the judges with its potential to efficiently remove CO2 from large industrial sources of gas emissions, particularly biogas from landfills and waste management sites.
Speaking at the awards ceremony at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, Shell UK Chairman, Erik Bonino said: “The Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner, Tom Robinson, and the Shell Springboard National Winner, C-Capture, are inspiring examples of how combining bright ideas with an entrepreneurial approach can help us meet the UK’s low carbon challenge, without compromising our economic prosperity.”
Finally, hundreds of Shell staff throughout the UK voted for a company they found most inspirational among the 12 Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard finalists. The winner of the Shell Staff Inspiration Award of £5,000 was Solveiga Pakštaitė. Her company, Design by Sol, produces an innovative natural label that monitors the freshness of packaged food. This simple, but brilliant label idea, called Bump Mark, can significantly reduce the amount of unnecessary food waste, which currently accounts for more than half of food and drink we throw away.
Apart from financial awards, Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard programmes provide marketing support and networking opportunities with some of the key players in the low-carbon sector through annual award ceremonies, coaching sessions and exhibitions.
You can meet some of the Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard winners at the Make the Future Festival at the Olympic Park in London between 30 June and 3 July.
- Discover how Shell LiveWIRE helps start-up businesses.
- Discover how Shell Springboard supports small and medium sized enterprises.