NovAzure presents Climathon Sprint 2022

For the second year running, NovAzure is excited to present the Climathon Sprint – a unique competition bringing together University of Lincoln students from different disciplines to conceptualise a former industrial area for a sustainable Net Zero future.

In conjunction with NovAzure, the Climathon Sprint is organised by:

  • University of Lincoln – a public research university in Lincoln, England, with origins dating back to 1861, recognised as setting the blueprint for its approach to working with industry. It is placed among the top 30 universities in the UK for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2023.
  • Artelia – a global, independent construction and property consultancy specialising in projects, programme, cost and asset management.
  • Urbanomy – a spin off from multinational energy company, EDF, supporting real estate developers, asset owners, public bodies and businesses, on their transition to Net Zero.
  • Sustainable Direction – a boutique consultancy providing business solutions to help private companies, non-profit organisations and public agencies improve environmental and sustainability performance.
  • North Lincolnshire Council – provider of a full range of local government services to the North Lincolnshire community.

This year the challenge focuses on Conesby Quarry near Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. It is a former mudstone and ironstone quarry previously owned by British Steel and formed part of the Scunthorpe Steelworks, which was the largest steel factory in the UK.

Conesby Quarry is located in the heart of the Humber Industrial Cluster, the most carbon intensive industrial cluster in the UK, and so there is lot of potential for decarbonisation. The Climathon Sprint aligns well to the Humber Industrial Cluster’s own ambitions to achieve Net Zero by 2040.

More than 100 postgraduate students will be participating from Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management, Electrical Engineering and Architecture disciplines. Grouped into 10 teams, over a short timeframe, they will compete to come up with the best concept taking into account Net Zero, biodiversity, social impact and innovation considerations.

This challenge provides the students exposure to a real-life scenario and an opportunity to solve complex problems. It also provides them with a chance to impress future employers looking for post-graduate talent.

The Climathon Sprint kicks off on 18th October 2022 and will conclude on 4th November 2022, with the final round presentations and announcement of the winning team.

The outcomes of the Climathon Sprint will be communicated during the period of the COP27 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 6 to 18 November 2022.

This is the second year of running the Climathon Sprint, building on the success of 2021, where students came up with creative and sustainable concepts for EDF UK’s West Burton A coal power station, which was due to be decommissioned. The location was recently selected as the site to host the STEP Fusion project, led by the UK Atomic Energy Authority, with the potential to provide a near-limitless source of low carbon energy.

Please check back with us for more updates on the Climathon Sprint. For more information, please contact Shirin Shah on

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