Sun rises over solar panels in the background. In the foreground, text reads: 'the carbon challenge: daily decarbonization. A competition for postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to submit scalable ideas to decarbonize activities in our everyday lives'. Four logos are at the bottom: Cambridge Zero, Carbon 13, Cambridge Enterprise and Energy IRC.

Carbon Challenge 2022: Daily Decarbonisation!

Are you a problem solver who thrives on challenge? Do you want to take action on climate change? The Cambridge Carbon Challenge is an initiative for student and staff teams to develop ideas to decarbonise our everyday lives!

For this year’s Carbon Challenge, Cambridge Zero has partnered with Carbon13, Energy IRC and Cambridge Enterprise to provide the opportunity for teams of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to develop their own scalable solutions to facilitate/and or accelerate energy transitions which affect most of us almost every day. The challenge empowers you to find, develop and collaborate on ideas which help tackle the climate crisis and drive positive change!

Who is the Challenge is for? 

  • We’re looking for small (2–3 people) teams of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers (see eligibility section below for more detail). You don’t need to be a seasoned entrepreneur. 
  • You don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to participate! We’re also interested in ideas related to economic, societal, and behavioural change that could lead to reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

What does the Challenge involve? 

  • We’re interested in ideas that are in their initial conceptual stages, rather than fully formed projects or products.

  • The Challenge is also a learning opportunity in entrepreneurship, with the potential to translate into a business opportunity.  

What problems do we want you to solve?