An Edinburgh-based company, Topolytics, has been recognised by Google and SAP as one of the top five circular economy technologies globally.
The Circular Economy 2030 Contest, jointly organised by the two tech giants, set out to identify some of the best revenue-generating ideas that can unlock an estimated $4.5 trillion of new economic output.
More than 200 applications were lodged for the competition from companies around the world. The contest focused on commercial concepts which could scale globally and help to design out waste and pollution, keep materials in use and/or regenerate natural systems.
The waste analytics company proposed expanding the scale and scope of its existing WasteMap data platform, making the system of movements of waste and by-products more visible and thereby identifying opportunities to reduce the impact of waste management.
Through this, Topolytics helps to enable circular economy thinking and supports organisations and governments in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Responsible Consumption and Production.
Commenting on the firm’s recognition, Topolytics founder Michael Groves said: “I’m delighted that our proposition has been recognised by two titans of the tech world. Topolytics uses cloud technology, big data management, mapping and AI to improve the outcomes for waste producers and waster processors.
“This is, therefore, a natural fit for the range of technologies developed and deployed by Google and SAP.”
Alongside four other ideas, Topolytics’ proposal has been showcased at the Google Cloud 19 conference in San Francisco this week. The firm will also be given a chance to present to a distinguished panel of judges drawn from the United Nations, World Wide Fund for Nature, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and senior representatives from both Google and SAP.
In February, the firm was selected by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to design a ‘smart’ system which aims to capture the movement of waste from their sources through to final processing or disposal.
Working alongside Ordnance Survey, Topolytics’ system will track all inter and hazardous waste from businesses, local authorities households and the construction sector.