The tenth Tideway Innovation Forum (TIF) took place last week at Tideway’s new offices at the Cottons Centre in London Bridge. Titled ‘eMission Possible’, it saw the Alliance collaborating to develop original ideas to reduce our environmental impacts whilst improving productivity.
The group also judged a shortlist of the 24 unique ideas that were received from the Alliance and Supply Chain by the Great Think as part of the Carbon Innovation Challenge. The challenge was set to get ideas on how to help Tideway deliver our commitment to the Government’s Infrastructure Carbon Review, and commitments within the Tideway Legacy Plan, to implement measures that significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the project.
With £100,000 of investment up for grabs for any ideas considered worthy of being funded, judging was not easy! TIF reviewed a shortlist of four ideas which included trials of a low carbon concrete, harnessing energy from interceptor sewers, the biggest green wall in Europe to cover a façade of one of the acoustic sheds, and the use of telematics to reduce fuel consumption across all sites on the project.
After much deliberation amongst the TIF members, along with guest Steve Kaye (Head of Innovation at Anglian Water) it was decided that we should invest in the telematics innovation.
Breffni Quinlivan, who led the team behind the winning innovation said: “I feel proud and honoured to be part of this Innovation, I truly believe we can make a positive change to the industry in the health of our workforce, residents and the local environment. I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work and support for assisting in successfully securing the funding. Implementing Telematics on the Tideway project will be challenging but worth it.”
Roger Bailey, Tideway’s Asset Management Director, thanked everyone for their fantastic presentations and asked some of the innovators to go back and rework their proposals and potentially look to present them at a subsequent TIF.
Darren White, Tideway’s Head of Environmental Sustainability said: “It was great to see so much enthusiasm and passion that had gone into all the proposals from throughout the supply chain. It was especially encouraging to see that the chosen scheme – intelligent use of telematics – is an Alliance wide proposal which will bring about significant carbon, cost and health benefits to the project.”
Samantha Freelove, Tideway Legacy Manager, said: “This was a great, collaborative event. All the presenters had lots of energy and enthusiasm for their innovation and rose to the challenge of identifying opportunities to help Tideway reduce their carbon footprint and/or improve local air quality.”
It will be interesting to see what the next steps are for those innovations that weren’t quite ready to be awarded funding, and we look forward to seeing the Telematics proposal develop into an innovation that will truly deliver benefits across the Tideway Alliance.