Six SP Energy Networks apprentices reached the final stage of a nationwide competition with their idea for an innovative mobile app which incentivises people to use green public transport such as electric buses.
The group, made up of three apprentices from SP Distribution and three from SP Transmission, developed a proposal for Clean Commute, a mobile device app which allows users to accumulate reward points for every journey on low carbon public transport. These can then be redeemed at a range of local businesses offering food, discounts, gym memberships, coffee shops and free public transport.
Launched in 2020, the Fuel Change Challenge is a collaboration between Forth Valley College, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council. It encourages apprentices to tackle real carbon challenges set by a range of industry partners from the private sector.
Falkirk-based bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited asked for proposals to encourage more people to ditch their cars and take the bus instead.
The SP Energy Networks group of apprentices took up this challenge made it all the way to the final, which meant they were among 20 groups given the opportunity to present their idea to a panel of energy industry experts at a prestigious online event which took place earlier this year.
Nicola Hay, Workforce Renewal Manager at SP Energy Networks, said: “This is a fantastic oportunity for these young and talented individuals within our organisation to collaborate and innovate together. It is great to see our next generation of problem solvers come up with an innovative but practical solution to one of the main challenges we face when it comes to the decarbonisation of public transport.”
David Reid, Programme Director at Fuel Change, said: “Fuel Change has proven that it’s time for my generation to embrace the energy and inventiveness of the next generation in tacking climate change. This platform will lead to jobs and skills for the future, created by those who deliver them.”
As well as having a positive environmental impact, Clean Commute scheme would also provide a positive financial impact for local businesses, as well as improving the health of the local community by incentivising them to exercise and make healthier lifestyle choices
Find out more about the Fuel Change Challenge at www.fuelchange.co.uk