How open innovation and crowdsourced ideas helped to reduce construction waste in Denmark

Denmark’s building industry is responsible for 30% of the country’s waste and uses more than 40% of domestic resources.

Enemærke & Petersen, one of Denmark’s largest construction firms, teamed up with Wazoku partner, Danish Crowdsourcing, to run an open innovation competition called the ‘Upcycle Challenge’ to crowdsource new ways to reduce waste.

The solution, powered by Wazoku’s Idea Spotlight, enabled:

  • 100’s of contributors and businesses thinking about sustainable solutions in construction sector and creating new business relations and partnerships
  • 52 unique ideas to reduce waste in the construction industry
  • 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year will be saved by the winning idea
  • This idea went on to win a further £120K prize in the Circular Construction Challenge to Rethink Waste

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