In July, we launched a four-week ‘Net Zero takeover’ campaign to gather employee generated ideas for how the business could reach its net zero ambitions. As we’re aware change will only come about when everyone looks at what they can do to make a difference. So, encouraging and supporting our teams to take time to develop and share their ideas is crucial.

Springboard is our platform for employee innovation and ideas.

Over the course of the July 262 ideas were submitted that were focussed around reaching our net zero ambitions.

Each idea was evaluated using a five-criteria scorecard that aimed to decide whether it was tackling a suitable problem, was it an innovative solution, what impact would the idea have, does it have scalability potential and its feasibility to implement across the business.

Each idea that was submitted we pledged to plant at least one tree.

2021 winning ideas:

Carbon Psychology – Lewis Welch, Secure Infrastructure

Lewis highlighted that behavioural change is essential to reducing our carbon footprint. He suggested using a set of questions created by a psychologist to map the behaviour of our employees at our sites and offices. This would allow us to set a roadmap to change, focusing on target areas of improvement.

Energy saving for employees working from home – Jayne Szandrowski

With a lot of people working from home and the introduction of hybrid working in the future, the energy consumption from office buildings has been transferred to people’s homes, rather than just being reduced by people not being there. Jayne suggested securing energy saving incentives for our employee benefits site – for example the installation of solar panels. This would help offset the extra energy people are using whilst working at home whilst also saving employees money.

One of the winners, Lewis Welch, after finding out his idea won, commented, “It’s a real honour to win the first springboard to NZ competition as this is something I am very passionate about.

“My behaviour change idea - Carbon Psychology - came from a historic understanding of such practices. The implementation programme of this initiative is really exciting and it’s something I am hoping many others will support with, no human behaves the same and this programme taps into that understanding and will give us the ability to implement and shape plans to help improve behaviours.”

Jayne Szandrowsk also a winner, commented about her idea: “The idea came from a call I was on when someone said that ‘Amey must have reduced its carbon emissions massively over the last year with not having as many people in the offices’. And while that may be true, there are now more employees working from home, so their carbon footprint has increased. This got me thinking what Amey could do to help their employees and the wider community.