Today, environmental awareness and education are necessary to ensure the quality of our lives and that of future generations. At the same time, protecting the environment and tackling the challenges arising from it, require the use and implementation of new business models, new technologies and processes that make more efficient use of available resources. Recycling of materials and waste management, reduction of the environmental footprint, creation of smart transport and logistics, energy conservation and adoption of new behaviors are some areas of interest for Nestlé Hellas SA. with the contribution of technological and innovative solutions.
Here are some of the challenges you are invited to address when participating in the Ignite Ideas II Program:
o Circular economy in packaging: materials and design, handling and disposal of packaging from consumers, recycling and / or reuse for the smallest possible environmental impact
o Reduction of food waste
o Energy conservation and reduction of pollution
o Educating and sensibilization of the society in Greece towards environmental issues
o Sustainable supply chain and transportation
o Other broader topics regarding the environment
Circular economy in packaging
To change the way we deal with product packaging, we need to change the way we produce and use them. Packaging must be easily manageable and recyclable in the countries and regions in which it is circulated, and any change in packaging must improve the management and recycling of packaging in those countries. This effort needs to be evaluated in many different ways and can only be done through collaboration and innovation to create lasting and acceptable solutions. The circular economy model aims to continuously use the materials used to package the products without compromising their original value. To do this, it must be taken into account from the original design, the management of the packaging from the moment it ceases to be useful to the consumer. The organization has already taken the first steps in this direction with the creation of the Institute of Packaging Sciences, the first-of-its-kind in the food industry, which is dedicated to developing sustainable packaging solutions.
The teams are invited to suggest:
• New innovative, functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging (materials / designs), for the maximum possible reuse, either through multiple uses or through the continuous recycling of their materials, with the smallest environmental footprint.
• Solutions for the optimization of packaging in the Supply Chain, in order to achieve the ideal amount of packaging for the transport of products and their consumption.
• Increasing the use of recycled materials in the production of packaging materials.
• Facilitating the recycling of packaging, reducing the number of pieces resulting from each package when used by the consumer (e.g. safety tapes, non-recyclable labels, tearing of packaging in many pieces when opened)
The operation of an efficient waste collection and sorting system is crucial to effectively implement a circular economy model. The purpose of this system should be the complete collection and sorting of packaging waste with minimal impact on the environment.
The teams are invited to suggest:
• New innovative, functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging waste collection solutions or improvements to existing collection methods.
• Improvements in the sorting processes of packaging waste that will lead to their greater utilization and the production of high quality recycled materials.
Food waste – measured only for products intended for human consumption, with the exception of feed and parts of non-edible products. By definition, food losses or waste are the masses of food that are lost or wasted in the food chain that contributes to the creation of “edible products intended for human consumption”. Therefore, food that is originally intended for human consumption and that eventually come out of the human food chain is considered food waste or waste, even if its subsequent use ends up being for non-nutritional purposes (e.g. animal feed, bioenergy). This approach separates the “planned” uses of non-edible food from the “unplanned” uses of non-edible food, which is in fact included in the context of losses. The teams are invited to suggest innovative solutions to reduce and deal with waste or food “loss”.
Reduction of operating costs, as well as reduction of the environmental footprint of production units are significant challenges. The use of directly available energy sources is perhaps the “key” to creating and developing innovative ideas.
Reduction of CO2 emissions
Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from factory and facility activities and transportation of products, aiming to combat climate change and the greenhouse effect. The teams are invited to suggest solutions for the restructuring of the production line and the use of renewable energy sources for the operation of the organization.
Energy management of buildings and factories, energy mapping, performance and reporting indicators
It is important to make full use of technological advances in the management of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. For example, artificial intelligence algorithms can help automatically optimize various functions. Additionally, energy control is an effective method for the decision-making process in the energy conservation area.
Reduction of water consumption
Climate change makes water saving an urgent need. The teams are invited to suggest technical solutions and systems that are being sought to save water, control its consumption, store and collect it, and recycle and maintain it for other uses.
Use of new technologies and tools for information and education
Protecting the environment requires information and training that can lead to the adoption of new, more environmentally friendly behaviors. You are invited to propose solutions that will utilize new technologies and tools (such as Internet of Things, gamification etc.) in conjunction with educational activities.
Change the way of consumption
There are many areas in which technology helps us deal with major environmental challenges. Consumers need to play their part for a low-carbon, high-efficiency economy (in terms of energy and resource utilization), aiming to protect and sustain the planet.
Creation of incentives, tools and mechanisms
Environmental awareness and education are absolutely necessary today to ensure the quality of our own lives, as well as that of future generations. The teams are invited to suggest solutions that are sought for a gradual change in traditional attitudes and perceptions of the environment, its protection and sustainable development.
Formation of a new urban mobility education
Sustainable urban mobility can be achieved through education, awareness and training. “Green” cities, smarter, more accessible and safer urban transport are key challenges. Sustainable urban mobility is regarded as a means of improving cultural & social life in large cities.
Intelligent transport systems
Intelligent transport systems can improve and reverse the way the vehicles we use interact with each other and with road infrastructure. These systems include issues such as emergency notification, collision avoidance and prevention, fleet monitoring, parking management, driver support. The teams are invited to propose new innovative solutions to make road transport faster, cleaner and safer.
Sustainable transport of goods
The development of innovative and sustainable solutions in the supply chain is crucial for the decongestion and solution of environmental problems in cities and the optimization of the supply chain in urban areas. The teams are invited to solutions that lead to reduced traffic, area-based transport, and the widespread use of sustainable alternatives.
The teams are invited to propose new innovative solutions more broadly for the Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability, which are not included in the above areas of interest.