Innovation Festival to take environmental focus for 2022

Environmental enthusiasts are encouraged to sign up to Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival, as sustainability and net-zero are high up on the agenda.

The Innovation Festival 2022 will see scores of innovators coming together to solve huge societal problems – with environmental issues topping the bill.

Sprints, hacks and dashes at the world-famous event will see a variety of different environmental issues covered, from river water quality to biodiversity and everything in between.

Under the blanket topic of “Enviro-Warriors”, each of these sprints will help to accelerate the water company towards its ambitious goal of becoming net zero by 2027 as well as making its processes and operations more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Ways the innovators will be doing this, will be by looking at a variety of nature-based solutions – such as sewer mapping and making capital delivery more carbon-friendly.

One of the sprints will focus specifically on how data can be used to reduce rat infestations and reduce damage caused by them. Another will look at how businesses can create a Carbon Reduction Culture.

And leading the way for these sprints are industry-leading experts from Mott MacDonald, 1Spatial, Vyntelligence, RSK, IBM, Aiimi and Esh Stantec.

Angela MacOscar, Head of Innovation at Northumbrian Water, said: “We all know how important these issues are and they are something that is relevant to every business across the world and impacts all our customers.

“So, we are going to be looking at a variety of different nature-based solutions to see how we can improve the environment in our wonderful regions.

“Each year we have sprints dedicated to this topic, and every year lots of fantastic ideas emerge – so I can’t wait to see what our innovators are going to come up with this year.”

The Innovation Festival is being held between 12-14th July at Newcastle Racecourse, with some sprints taking place online. For more details, and to register, go to



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