RBS names Certero as successful innovator in the search for new ‘green’ inventions

Certero has been selected to take part in the RBS Innovation Gateway after 26 finalists pitched their green inventions to a panel of judges, in a bid to test their new products in selected RBS buildings and branches in the UK.

The RBS Innovation Gateway, which was launched in March this year, has three aims; to help RBS save more energy, water and waste; to nurture new, brilliant ideas and help local innovators and SMEs to accelerate their ideas to market. The project attracted more than 140 submissions in just 40 days, from brand new concepts through to market-ready products and services. The ideas came from innovators and small businesses (SMEs) from around the UK and the world, including the US, Australia and Europe.

The innovation submitted by Certero is the award-winning PC Power Management solution PowerStudio®.

John Lunt, Managing Director at Certero Said: “Certero is delighted to be named as a finalist in the RBS Innovation Gateway. It is testament to the solutions ability to drastically cut costs and carbon emissions from PCs for organisations in both the Public and Private sectors.”

Announcing Certero as a successful innovator, Marcela Navarro from RBS, who is leading the Innovation Gateway initiative, said: “Everyone connected with the RBS Innovation Gateway has been incredibly impressed by the innovators’ creativity and dedication to resource efficiency. The quality and the range of ideas have been phenomenal and Certero stand out from a great group of brilliant innovators.”

Over the last six months an independent panel of experts from academia and the business world has worked with RBS to analyse each submission, to assess how they could help drive resource efficiency if the innovation was installed on the RBS estate. The judging panel was made up of Caroline Rainbird, Director of Corporate Services of RBS, Ed Craig, Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of ECCI, Stephen Howard, CEO of BITC, Maggie Philbin, CEO of Teen Tech and former presenter of Tomorrow’s World, John Elkington – CEO Volans and Martin Chilcott, CEO 2degrees.

As well as helping RBS to save more energy, water and waste, the Innovation Gateway aims to support innovation and to help SMEs accelerate their access to market.

John Lunt said: “To be chosen as one of seven winners out of an entry of more than 140 organisations is really something to be proud of, and we are. This is a major opportunity for us and trialling PowerStudio® on the RBS estate will highlight PC power usage and lead to significant electricity cost reductions and carbon emissions by powering down unused PCs, without impacting the RBS workforce. Being selected as a successful innovator has already opened new doors, and many more organisations are quickly realising the major role enterprise PC Power Management technology can play in addressing the challenges around improving energy resource efficiency.”

Three years ago RBS set a target to reduce the banks energy and water consumption by 15% and they are currently on track to achieve this. RBS currently uses 1173 GWh of energy per year and it is initiatives such as the gateway that will help to further reduce consumption.