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Carbon Analytics and Almach Energy educate the next generation about sustainability at “Eco Hack”

Last week Carbon Analytics joined forces with Almach Energy to support ‘Eco Hack’, a ten week program designed to educate young people about the importance energy efficiency and sustainability. Eco Hack’s aim is to provide students with the real world skills and knowledge of coding and website design and by doing so to inspire them to embark their own entrepreneurial journeys in the future.

Michael Thornton, our CEO, delivered a session on energy and climate change to a group of over thirty students at the Tech Cit College. We were pleased to support this initiative and to work together with Almach Energy in delivering this inspiring project.

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Michael introducing students to greenhouse gas sources.

PRESS RELEASE

Eco Hack: Supporting the environment through innovations in education

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Although there are various technological solutions available to those who strive to reduce energy consumption and live their lives more sustainably, influencing behavioural change still remains a challenge. This inspired initiation of the Eco Hack, a ten week project that will be delivered as a part of the curriculum at the Tech City College. The event is a result of a collaboration between inspiring organisations that have sustainability and education at the heart of their business models. Eco Hack was initiated by Almach Energy and is delivered in collaboration with the Aspirations Academies Trust, Voltaware and Acorn Aspirations.

Eco Hack’s aim is to effect a shift in mindset towards energy efficient behaviours at an early age. The brief is to create an interactive application for Primary and Junior aged children that will influence the way they think about energy efficiency within their own school environment. The application should be fun and interactive and ultimately it must enable children to understand how energy is used in their school and the environment and financial impacts that behavioural change can effect. The winning group will have a chance to turn their prototyped website into a real digital product. The application will then be deployed as part of a pilot within number of Primary Schools before a wider roll out.

Organisers and partners are excited about the event, Steve Kenning, the CEO of the Aspirations Academies Trust said: ‘we are delighted to be involved with Eco Hack as it is vitally important to educate our young people about climate change. We are using the development of the Eco Hack website as a real world problem for our post 16 students at Tech City College and Rivers Academy West London to develop the range of skills essential for success in today’s world’.

Eco Hack creates opportunity to engage young people with sustainability, as Managing Director of Almach Energy highlights: ‘We are proud and excited to be supporting the Eco Hack project as we believe that educating children in their formative years about the benefits of living sustainably, in particular energy usage, has the greatest chance of instilling good behaviours throughout their lives.’

The combination of imaginative flair and design capabilities of the students at Tech City College with the industry knowledge and technical expertise of the involved partners, ensures that Eco Hack will bring some outstanding applications and websites that can revolutionise the way that children are being taught about the energy consumption.

Event will begin on 12 April 2016 with the final presentations taking place on 21 June. To find out more visit Eco Hack’s website: www.ecohack.co.uk

For any media or partnership enquiries email: hello@ecohack.co.uk or call +44(0)7823 333 535

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Water & Energy: A more complete picture

You asked, we listened! Last week we published a new version of our product , featuring  two new modules dedicated to understanding your company’s water and energy impacts (we also gave it a bit of a face lift in the process).

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In the sustainability arena, while carbon is still the best developed proxy for understanding overall environmental performance, there is increasing need to understand the specific impacts that are most material to a company’s operations.

Beverage companies like CocaCola and Pepsi, for example, have been active in assessing and managing their water impacts, with Pepsi claiming to have saved 14 billion litres of water in 2013 alone through improvements and special projects.  In the context of their operations in countries like India, where beverage production can have a substantial impact on fresh water sources, it makes sense that water should be closely monitored and managed.

Energy, meanwhile, offers a much more tangible indicator for companies to understand and improve the specific impacts related to their electricity and fuel consumption.  In the UK, energy is also being increasingly regulated. Coming into full effect in December of this year, the ESOS scheme (part of the broader EU Energy Directive) will require companies with more than 250 employees or €50m EUR in turnover to perform mandatory energy audits.

As with carbon, we hope our new updates will help companies become more aware of their environmental performance on a broader range of impacts, and set them on a path to improve where it counts the most  Check it out. We’d love to know what you think!