The challenge


Creating genuine impact for net zero emissions means looking beyond the obvious. Only critical, quantitative insight and whole systems analysis can identify where true gains can be made. Current efforts to implement sustainable practices simply don’t cut it. Radical sustainability innovation is needed to propel business beyond the current focus on incremental improvements.

Our approach


Our approach fuses traditional engineering analysis with emerging technologies and cutting-edge developments across AI, bioinnovation, lifecycle thinking, material usage and circular economy approaches. We can use existing sustainability frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or tailor our service to your business requirements. Either way, we’ll deliver business strategy, breakthrough technologies and novel processes that drive radical progress on the path to net zero emissions. 

Net zero product discovery

In this whitepaper we examine the potential rewards of sustainable yet multidimensional business growth and reveal why whole system mapping is a prerequisite for driving essential system-level – not just product-level – innovation.

Adapting business for sustainability


Building, evaluating and transforming


Transforming behaviour to align with the imperatives of sustainability, net zero emissions and the circular economy offers the opportunity to create a truly world-leading business. But it demands deep quantitative analysis of the entire lifecycle of business inputs and outputs – well beyond the typical boundaries of a product or service sale. Only detailed examination of the whole system provides the insight needed to determine where the gains can be made.

Evaluating opportunities in the context of the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit – allows all key stakeholders to be considered. And ensures that business requirements are built into innovation that meets identified sustainability goals.

Driving net zero – is agritech ready to capture carbon?

How modern techniques – proven in other industries – can be combined with modern data science to measure overall carbon uptake in an economically viable way.

Unlocking sustainability innovation for major Japanese brands

Addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is one of the most important but challenging tasks businesses face today. However, the challenge also provides opportunity and can help to define goals that can be targeted with radical innovation. A number of our key Japanese friends recognised this - and joined our unique Innovation Catalyst Programme (ICP) to transform such goals into inspiring and tangible outputs.

Technology can be part of the solution

Is your organisation setting the right targets?

Circular economy


Driving sustainable practices


The move from linear economies of ‘make, use, dispose’ to a circular economy which aims to extend the longevity of resources in use and at end of life, to extract and regenerate for reuse, is an urgent priority. The move requires radical shifts in all elements of business, from underlying principles and approaches within markets to fundamentally rethinking product development and design.

The principles of circular economy can be applied more widely than traditional product development cycles and can structure the approach to broader opportunities to drive sustainable practices in businesses.

From emissions to sequestration, how does your product’s carbon modelling shape up?

Over a series of discussions with clients on sustainability we’ve been building a quick and accessible modelling tool to model the carbon cost implications of typical high-volume products across a variety of markets.

Extracting value from e-waste

Year-on-year we’re producing more and more waste electronics – e-waste. Recovering the valuable materials embedded inside it will become significantly more important. At present, this is a highly manual process.

Rewriting our energy society


Understanding and optimising power generation and use


Adapting society to a low and ultimately zero carbon economy will require a fundamental rewriting of most of our existing energy sources.

From power generation and transport to consumption and all the steps in between, technology will be required to understand and optimise power generation and use.

An increasingly distributed and variable energy generation and storage network will require adaptive and active management, moving us away from the centralised peak demand led ideology of energy production and distribution to localised adaptive networks which match supply and demand at a more granular level.

Incorporating broader approaches to methods of energy generation and storage increases the complexity but also resilience in our energy society.

Digital services innovation to transform building performance

This sustainability story highlights how a strong client partnership can propel vital digital services innovation against a backdrop of pressing global concern – in this case CO2 emissions.

Working closely with built-environment cleantech specialists Redbarn Group, we developed a breakthrough digital service that offers a viable thermal test for every commercially developed property.

How to spur climate change action in 2021 while juggling economic recovery from COVID-19

The Middle East is key to effecting the energy transition of the 21st century. Few regions of the world have such a reliance on the businesses that must make the biggest changes to their operations. Entire economies must be pivoted away from petrochemicals, whilst still enabling living standards to rise. Achieving a safe and just transition affects us all.

Exploring new ways of delivering home energy 

With climate change presenting an existential threat to life on earth, humanity must confront the emergency with ingenuity. This imperative helped inspire our contribution to the development of a consumer-orientated Home Energy Management System (HEMS).

The project provided insight into consumer energy use, as well as building and heating system performance, to enable the testing and development of new energy services more suited to a low-carbon economy.   

We bring broad cross-sector experience to deliver transformative change

Bioinnovation for industry 


What does the future hold?


Biology as a manufacturing tool is the next ‘industrial revolution’. Bioinnovation tools such as gene editing and directed evolution offer the opportunity to deliver the controlled, predictable, sustainable materials fabrication and recycling that can only be achieved using biological systems.

Bioinnovation now allows us to produce ‘tuned’ materials with specific properties across a wide range of industries, from pharmaceutical compounds to industrial enzymes to packaging materials. Biological approaches will be increasingly relevant to emerging applications such as plastics recycling, fashion and medical devices – driving both function and sustainability.

In the long term there is the potential for macro-scale biologically-mediated materials production for construction and industrial applications.

Our sustainable materials database is enabling innovation in the drive to net zero

The ambition to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics from the world’s supply chains is of course as laudable as it is essential. Shocking images of our polluted oceans have awoken a fire in consumers, many of whom display a strong resistance to single-use materials. In this blog we reveal details of a guide we've created that is helping innovators switch to alternatives.

Meet our experts



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Senior Sustainability Consultant
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Head of Sustainability Innovation
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Head of Business Development, Bioinnovation
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Head of Smart Infrastructure
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Associate Technology Director
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Senior Consultant in Medical Technology
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News & insights


Press release

Cambridge Consultants announces its collaboration with MedTech Innovator, a world-leading non-profit start-up accelerator

13th Jul 2021

Cambridge Consultants part of Capgemini, today announced its collaboration with MedTech Innovator Asia Pacific, the world’s leading non-profit accelerator of medical devices

Press release

Capgemini Invent boosts its strategy, technology and design services to enable visionary leaders to shape the future of business

23rd Jun 2021

With the integration of frog and Cambridge Consultants, Capgemini Invent now comprises a global team of 10,000 strategists, data scientists, product and experience designers, brand experts and technologists.

Whitepaper

Turning trash to cash: microalgae cultivation to mitigate environmental waste impact

21st Oct 2021

This paper explains how ‘turning trash into cash’ provides opportunity for companies to gain first-mover advantage in several fields. With a clear, problem/solution approach, it outlines a method that be considered simply as a way to capture carbon – but is more likely to yield benefits in the creation of valuable bio-derived compounds.

  • Bioinnovation
  • Sustainability
Webinar

Middle East Energy Transition Dialogues - August

25th Aug 2021

The Middle East Energy Transition Dialogues panel discussion is part of an exclusive roundtable series and a unique opportunity to hear experts from around the world share their expertise.

 

  • Strategic advice
  • Sustainability

Events


Panel discussion

Middle East Energy Transition Dialogues - October

20th Oct 2021
Online event

Nathan Wrench, Head of Sustainability Innovation at Cambridge Consultants will be joining a panel discussion around circular economy, talking about global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, waste and pollution. 

ExhibitorSpeaker

REAP Conference 2021: Changing time(s) for agriculture

10th Nov 2021
Virtual Event

The REAP conference has built a strong reputation for innovation and excellent networking, sustained over the last seven years, it attracts national and international delegates from across the whole agri-food chain, from farmers to technologists, researchers to business support providers.