Understanding of how companies perform in the capital markets relative to their competitors.
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Helping corporations to play a role in the transition to a more sustainable world.
Strategic Decision Making for Sustainability
Advising organisations making strategic decisions (major procurements, M&A, NPD etc) and helping to integrate sustainability into outcomes
Technology for Citizen Science
Using open source technology (arduino etc) to gather data and support interventions – from Smart Cities through to Air Quality for communities
Effective consulting is a partnership
A good consultant needs a good client and vice versa: good outcomes require effective partnering between client and consultant.
Be clear on the technical, process or subject matter expertise that that you are expecting from the consultant.
A critical part of the consulting process is to ask questions: this is driven by the need to help the client be clear on the problem before addressing solutions.
Recommendations should be substantiated by data and evidence, from appropriate sources which the client recognises and values.
Partner and teaming
What is the nature of the relationship with your consultant?
What knowledge and skills are you expecting the consultant to bring?
Is your consultant there to help you clarify the problem or are you looking for solutions?
What evidence and support are you looking for your consultant to provide to justify the advice given?
This article is a brief summary of some insights gained at the appliance level of energy monitoring. The appliance in question is a Bosch Fridge-Freezer in the kitchen of my home. Electricity consumption of a fridge-freezer I have a clamp and emonTx v3 from the good people at Open Energy Monitor sending data to my[…]
The chart below shows the historical output of the 2.52kWp solar PV array on our roof. Data is captured and presented using open source technology from OpenEnergyMonitor. Interact with the chart by zooming in and out. Photograph by Chad Sparkes, Sun Halo. (Link here) via freeforcommercialuse.org
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