Solving our sustainability challenge through innovation
It is just over one year since the RBS Innovation Gateway was launched, sparking one of the UK’s most innovative searches for new ways of saving energy, water and waste.
We developed the RBS Innovation Gateway to help the bank innovate and accelerate savings, resource efficiency and carbon reduction in a fast moving and dynamic environment.
In addition to driving resource efficiency, the Gateway aims to nurture innovative solutions and help SMEs to accelerate access to market; we know how valuable this is for small businesses which are ambitious and growing. By opening our doors we offer innovators access to a live test-bed where real data can be obtained and long term, positive changes can be made to the bank’s buildings based on great performance.
The first Round of the Gateway took place in 2014, attracting over 140 submissions from ten countries around the world in just 40 days. From the process ten innovators secured trials on the RBS estate, the initial results coming in from the trials are very positive and have identified a number of opportunities.
Inspired by this success, we are now launching the next challenge, focused on one of RBS’s most iconic sites, Gogarburn, our World Headquarters in Edinburgh.
The Gogarburn Innovation Challenge
This iconic campus, set in a 90-acre site in West Edinburgh, is undergoing a regeneration project to increase capacity to house 6,000 staff in addition to creating new spaces for staff to connect with customers and peers across the business. The regeneration programme also aims to improve the campus’ environmental impact and deliver important savings as part of our overall cost reduction programme.
To achieve this, we have opened our doors once more for innovative products that can help us tackle a range of sustainability challenges at Gogarburn. The successful innovations that emerge from the process will be installed on the campus and will play an integral part in the regeneration project and in creating a campus that will become known as a centre for customer and technology innovation.
“The RBS Innovation Gateway is a unique opportunity for SMEs and innovators to install their innovative solutions on our estate but also for RBS to learn from the innovators in terms of how they work, innovate and invent”
John Hayes, Head of Workplace Services, RBS
“This is an amazing opportunity! Hats off to RBS for thinking forward and being a leader in promoting innovation!”
Carol McKown, RAISE Energy Solutions
Join the RBS Innovation Gateway at www.innovationgateway.rbs.com
RBS Energy and Innovation Manager Neil Woollam will be talking about the RBS Innovation Gateway at the Eco Technology Show on Thursday 11th June at 12:40pm in Seminar Area 3. Register now to have access to this and over 70 talks, panels and keynote talks at the show.