Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park continues to deliver a wide range of events and activities to promote learning, knowledge sharing and more sustainable lifestyles for local communities and visitors.
Health, wellbeing and sustainable lifestyles remain key themes at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Our events and activities continue to encompass these priority themes, supporting participation in Park activities, and lifestyles for residents and visitors. The Park’s development and management seeks to incorporate sustainability, health and wellbeing into its community and business activities.
“How can Circular Economy principles be applied along entire value chains to help eliminate plastic waste and improve London’s resource efficiency?”. The challenge was set to local business, entrepreneurs, and students as part of a hackathon event hosted by LLDC at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, who came together to develop solutions to local environmental challenges. Delivery Partners included: Climate Kic, Plexal, Loughborough University London, London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), ECHO ++, Advance London, Circular Economy Club and HSSMI.
The day involved presentations from our team of experts from circular economy, plastic packaging, waste management, sustainable design, and user experience design professions, followed by teamwork and 1-2-1 support from expert speakers, in a unique learning, team building, design and problem-solving event. The event included inspirational artworks by local artist Sandie Sutton who specialises in using reclaimed household plastic materials to create unique nature themed works of art.
The LLDC and East London Fashion Cluster partners developed and delivered the London City Challenge, a Climate KIC funded programme, using an open innovation process to identify solutions to climate change related city challenges, involving start-ups, businesses, researchers, investors, public bodies, and communities working in collaboration. The programme aimed to add to the existing circular economy work on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, enabling east London’s well-established fashion business community to develop circular fashion solutions, and contribute to the east London economy through the support of start-ups, researchers, entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses in the local area.
The programme included a bootcamp and innovation pitch for local fashion start-ups working with fashion and textiles who were supported by London Legacy Development Corporation, University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UK Fashion and Textiles Association, Greater London Authority, London Waste and Recycling Board.
Clean Tech Innovation
London Climate Action Week 2020 involved an open, online event co-hosted by LLDC, UCL, Climate KIC, IQL and Studio Weave. The event was aimed at professional and civic audiences drawing attention to a range of innovation activities, trends, and opportunities for new collaboration in East London. Following an open plenary, participants broke out into four “tracks” with specific project/innovation topics.
1. QEOP sustainability projects illustrating park-as-testbed use cases and partners involved.
2. A deep dive into the HSSMI-led project Valuable Batteries
3. SME- led content
4. A Climate KIC-led track
The event showcased clean-tech activities and innovation opportunities at QEOP and East London and offered a clear “call to action” to contact either the presenting partners to pursue existing and emerging innovation opportunities, highlighting East London as a place for innovation, testing, collaborating in the clean-tech sector.
Fair Energy Campaign
The project aims at reducing energy related carbon emissions within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and legacy boroughs through behaviour change initiatives consisting of an information and action campaign, and a series of energy service innovations to support residents to procure energy from 100% renewable sources. The project comprises two phases: 1. Inception (R&D) will identify barriers and opportunities for behaviour change in energy procurement and develop ‘proof of concept’ interventions to support households switching to renewable energy; 2. Scaled-up implementation targeting wider audiences – i.e. visitors, businesses and residential communities across the Park and the legacy boroughs.
Led by Loughborough University London, and in partnership with Citizens UK, Octopus and London Power, the Fair Energy Campaign champions best practices and principles, supports informed decisions for energy procurement and encourages customer-centric service innovation in the energy sector.