Thursday, 17 December 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from EcoSearch

First Winter Snow 2009!

All at EcoSearch would like to wish our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We are all looking forward bringing you more exciting news, views and snippets from the world of talent in Renewable Energy, Clean Tech and Carbon Management in 2010.

If you would like to keep up to date over the festive period, EcoSearch is on Twitter. So feel free to follow @EcoSearch and never miss a thing.

In the meantime, you might like to check out some of our most popular posts of 2009:
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Monday, 7 December 2009

Green and Renewable Energy Events – January 2010

Here is the first event list for 2010.

If you know of an event we have missed, please let us know and we will add it to the list. You can drop us an email or leave us a comment here on the blog. You can also view and download our full list of events for the next six months.

If there is anything else we can add to this service to make it more useful to you, just let us know.


Green Mondays – Post Copenhagen
11th January 2010 – London, UK

Green Drinks – London
Green Drinks events are held globally – find many other events via their website.
12th January 2010 – Soho, London UK
Follow @greendrinks on Twitter

InterSOLUTION - the 1st and only solar energy trade fair in the Benelux
14th – 16th January 2010 – Belgium

World Future Energy Summit
18th – 21st January 2010 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

Solar Power Generation USA
20th & 21st January 2010 – Las Vegas, Nevada USA

Distributed Wind Interconnection Workshop
21st – 23rd January 2010 – Golden, CO USA

Climate Change: Effective Communication
22nd January 2010 – Edinburgh, Scotland

Energy from Biomass and Waste
26th & 27th January 2010 – London, UK

Wind Power Monthly Offshore Event
27th January 2010 – London, UK

Wind Power Commercial Strategies
27th – 29th January 2010 – Vienna, Austria

Course: Renewable Energy Technologies for 6* Sustainable Homes
29th January 2010 – University of Brighton, UK

Here is December 2009’s event list, and pop back or subscribe via RSS as we will be publishing a similar list for February soon.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

VCs: Where has the “venture” gone from Venture Capital?

Well here is a question that no one seems able or willing to answer, I’ll throw it open to the investment Universe -VCs, private equity, corporate finance, angel funders, high net worth individuals – be you early stage, late stage (or indeed ANY stage which would be good right now)

Who is REALLY investing over here in the UK – have we closed for Christmas early this year?

From where I am sitting (having watched a colleague bash the phones for the last 4 weeks across a myriad of investor networks on what is – to me – a “no brainer” cleantech medical device manufacturing process) it strikes me that there is an inordinate amount of tyre kicking going on out there, people sitting on piles of cash with no home and not a lot of action.

Today we hear of an investor pulling the plug on a £7m investment because they were feeling “over exposed”.

And at the other end of the spectrum on my desk I can’t find £150K for something that has mass market developing country and remote energy application potential.

Come on people, shame on you! Do I really have to create something totally radical to bypass you lot?

If the anti risk and tyre kicking stance most of you are taking presently continues, how do we progress the low carbon technology agenda? The Carbon Trust and those delightful public sector competition rounds are not going to get us anywhere fast.

My sweeping generalisation about investment land presently is that you are all lacking in creativity, sophistication, knowledge and your models and ideals means you will miss some technology waves. Some spaces are moving so fast by the time you’ve even “gated” the first investment proposal the opportunity has been snapped up into corporate land, is mothballed never to see the light of day, or worse – goes bust before it's started.

The lack of funding supply also means that there is a world of collaboration starting to open up out there that will completely bypass you in future. All those lovely technologies that are scalable and interesting may well find themselves swept up into the arms of a cash rich Corporate doing a nice line in acquiring patents and technologies and sand-bagging for the future. Again, some of those may never see the light of day because we all know corporate cultures aren’t great at “incubating”.

Anyone notice a bit of sweeping up of patents going on of late?

Push back by all means …

By Debby Lloyd
Managing Director, EcoSearch

Friday, 13 November 2009

Commercial Realism and Wind Energy

Off-shore Wind Farm Turbine
Two articles published today (Friday 13th November) have caught my attention. The first is a discussion piece by Petra Barnby in the FT EnergySource blog. The second is the press release accompanying the Institution of Mechanical Engineers latest paper Climate Change: Have we lost the Battle?

Both these articles try to depict a true and realistic story, a story which is still being written and may or may not have a happy ending. They also address different topics; the FT piece is about offshore wind and how it can contribute to energy security, and the IMechE report is about Climate Change (i.e. reducing CO2) targets. They have different goals, although possibly with common causes and shared solutions.

However, I have a few observations. The FT article is outwardly a “pro-Wind” stance. It talks about the turbines’ “serenity and peacefulness about their understated orbital business that fits in with the drab North Sea scape” and contribution that wind could make to energy generation in the UK, with offshore wind farms “powering 18.5m homes in 10 years’ time.” The author also chooses to quote members of the BWEA. Yet there is something mildly frustrating about the opening line to the piece…

They’re beautiful,’ breathed a bearded wind farm enthusiast as he spotted the shape of a turbine appear from the mist on the horizon.

I think it is the use of the word “bearded” that concerns me. Are enthusiasts of wind power still associated with bearded, sandal-wearing hippies? Can we not be black shoe wearing, clean shaven (or female!) enthusiasts who see that energy security is a commercial, economical and political necessity? Maybe the analogy is only there in my mind? Maybe the guy stood next to the journalist was bearded AND suit-wearing, and it is my own sensitivities? Or is it a sub-conscious association that the journalist still makes with renewable energy enthusiasts.

I found the IMechE’s report refreshing. Whilst it may be pessimistic about actually achieving the 2050 CO2 reduction goals that have been currently set, it is real and it addresses action. It calls for a mixture of “geo-engineering” solutions. Whilst I disagree with the need to change DECC to DECS (is an initial actually going to make the difference?), I agree with the positioning.

Let’s move away from the association with bearded, sandal wearing climate change activists with pie-in-the-sky goals, and be realistic, commercial and proactive about securitising and changing our energy sources.

By Clare Buxton
Wind Energy Sector Lead

Picture courtesy of phault

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

10 Tips for Writing Your Cover Letter

I have recently been asked by several people about writing cover letters. They can sometimes be overlooked but are often an important tool for securing an interview. Here are my top ten suggestions to make yours stand out from the crowd:

giant stack of resumes

  1. If you are responding to a specific role, state your intention to apply for this job. Talk briefly about your motivations for pursuing a career with this company.
  2. Make it specific to the company to whom you are writing; demonstrate that you understand a bit about their business. If you can make it personal to an individual (Dear Mr Smith) then do so.
  3. Think of the cover letter as an extension of your “elevator pitch”. Why should the person opening your email/letter invite you for an interview?
  4. Talk about your aptitude to do the job in question; this may be by giving example achievements from your recent experience.
  5. Answer the question “What differentiates me from my peers?”
  6. Use the cover-letter as a way to demonstrate your prose writing skills (i.e. don’t make it a list of bullet points).
  7. Close the letter, i.e. suggest a next step, such as “Please take a look at my CV for further information”, “I look forward to hearing back from you”, “Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you have any questions”.
  8. Keep it to one side of A4, type font 10 or 11 (if it is via email, keep it to 3 paragraphs).
  9. Do not talk about salary in the cover letter.
  10. Make sure your contact details are clear and correct; and also make sure that the company’s address and contact details are correct.
By Clare Buxton
Wind Energy Sector Lead, EcoSearch

Photo Courtesy of woodleywonderworks.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Carbon Management Software – State of the Nation

I am using the phrase “carbon” management software deliberately. Using words such as sustainability & environmental do not necessarily attract the right talent, create the right feel and, frankly, make some people run a mile.

A quick check if I say “environmental” to you - what picture is in your head right now? What are you thinking? I bet its not cool, teccie, exciting software and programme deployment the like of which we haven’t seen before, is it?

Does GHG sound attractive to you? What about carbon accounting? Does “environmental management system” turn you on? Nah, didn’t think so.

None of these phrases grab me either, so that’s why I prefer not to use them. I prefer words normal people understand, are familiar with reading in their everyday newspapers and can apply a broad brush too. One thing is for sure, the vocabulary used by organisations penetrating a variety of vertical markets will be increasingly important in order that you don’t pigeon-hole your product into a single sector – and you may have to change it depending on which circles you are moving in.

So things are definitely hotting up in the carbon management sofware sector but we don’t have any decent traction… yet. What we do have is a lot of talk. There are some good looking solutions sloooowly coming to market… lots of RFIs/Bids, case studies building etc. but who is really selling and who is really buying?

Across the board incoming enquiries are reported to be up… but don’t hold your breath. I hear this week that the Environment Agency are sending mass mail shots out without so much as a job title in information packs.

Here are some of the things I see adding to the confusion and noise out there:
  • Lots of products and services window shopping by all manner of functional areas on the client side and none that necessarily hold the keys to an open cheque book.
  • Complex sales entry points – sure you may get in with the FM manager – but who do you need to mark off next?
  • Who has got responsibility for delivery of these solutions across the business – come to that are people thinking “cross business solution” or are they thinking “solve just my problem”?
  • Solutions that fall across a number of areas take some digging to find where overall responsibility lie.
  • Long, laborious scoping out of solutions that have to go through a myriad of sign offs.
  • Prospects are underestimating the complexity and reality of the legislation coming down the pipe – there could be some expensive mis-selling and retrofitting going on.
  • Interfaces with existing data systems – other environmental management software, HR software, facilities management software – what about communication with outsourced functions and partners?
  • Vertical markets – everyone’s going for the big ones first and boy are they making the most of shopping around because they don’t want to make a purchasing error. Seriously – hands up who is working with Tesco?
  • Channel and reseller markets. Who is getting into bed with who and are you competing against them in the market now – how will that relationship play out?
  • Carbon consultancies WAKE UP - this as a huge cross-sell/up-sell opportunity. But you need a different skillset to sell these software solution babies… do you just want to sell “consultancy” – well you have a 24 month shelf life if that is the case. Call me if you need the right talent to help you open this revenue channel – you have the easy part you UNDERSTAND the client pain, a couple of extra heads with the right knowledge of these products and you have yourself a brand new revenue channel that will extend your company’s shelf life.
  • Reseller models - make a wrong move now and you could find yourself in an exclusive reseller partnership with a non-market leader – could be very damaging.
  • Software players –are you underestimating the amount of handholding needed to put these products into play? This is not something for the white socked sales person. Consulting credibility client side is the key. There is no getting away from the fact that your front facing sales people will need a modicum of holistic carbon management programme understanding, backed up by some subject matter experts who can navigate their way around the legislative framework. Cue merger and acquisition activity in the boutique consultancy arena.
  • Lack of product information – things are moving so fast its difficult to benchmark the different offerings and who really does have credible case history on deployment – half the products I see are still being developed off the shelf as things go along – which is fine – providing you have the right person holding the client’s hand and you understand the vertical markets you are operating in.
  • Product Evolution – so you have a wonderful shiny new product - but can you spot the challenges coming through the rest of the market that will impact it and can you keep pace? (think PESTLE, I’m sure you know what I mean).
  • Patience – there’s going to be a mixing of a whole host of cultures on this moving forward… that will be an interesting play out – FM, CSR, CTO, FD, HR, IT Sales, outsourcing companies, infrastructure providers and Green Consultants...
  • Panic – From what I can see I am predicting that come February some organisations are not going to have the bandwidth to service the enquiries coming through the channels. Don’t leave it until next year – get your teams assembled now!
There will shortly be a feeding frenzy. We know who’s having the conversations and marking off the best talent in the marketplace but not actually hiring yet. Well prepare for a bidding war soon. Those organisations that move early to acquire the brightest talent will have the greatest chance of success.

If you are a candidate, open to the idea of a new opportunity, make sure you back a thoroughbred with a well thought out plan that is showing the ability to flex and actively learn how to approach different markets. Don’t back a donkey that’s just thinking we sell “IT solutions” this way! There will not be enough space in the future.

The talent is out there but will not be for long. I welcome serious clients – no tyre kickers please!

Call or email me for the latest talent hotsheet of individuals available in this space – or if you want to go on it, for that matter!

By Debby Lloyd
Managing Direcor, EcoSearch

Some upcoming events you might also find interesting:
Green IT Expo - London 10th & 11th November 2009
Smart Energy 09 - London - 1st & 2nd December 2009
Green Monday - London - 7th December 2009

Monday, 2 November 2009

Green and Renewable Energy Events - December 2009

Here is our regular monthly events update for you.

Events are starting to slow down in the run up to the holidays but there is still a lot going on in December in the run up to the UN Climate talks in Copenhagen. You can also view November’s events list if you missed it.

If you can think of an event we have missed, please let us know and we will add it to the list. You can drop us an email or leave us a comment here on the blog. You can also view and download our full list of events for the next twelve months.

If there is anything else we can add to this service to make it more useful to you, just let us know.


Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit
30th November - 2nd December 2009 – Vancouver, Canada

IWEA - Wind Monitoring Training Course
1st December 2009 – Osberstown, Ireland
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Smart Energy 09
1st & 2nd December 2009 – London, UK

Small Hydro USA
1st & 2nd December 2009 – Washington DC, USA

1st & 2nd December 2009 - Hamburg, Germany

EnviroAsia 2009 - the 4th International Environmental technologies Exhibition & conference
1st – 4th December 2009 - Singapore

2nd December - London, UK
You can follow @BusinessGreen on Twitter

IET - Green and energy efficient buildings: preparing for the challenges of Copenhagen
2nd December 2009 – London, UK
Follow @IETevents on Twitter

Enhancing your Business with Green Chemistry
2nd December 2009 – York, UK

Cleantech Forum Beijing
2nd & 3rd December 2009 – Beijing, China
You can follow @cleantechgroup on Twitter

AWEA Offshore Wind Project Workshop
2nd & 3rd December 2009 – Boston MA, USA
You can follow @AWEA on twitter

The Scottish Green Energy Awards
3rd December 2009 – Edinburgh, Scotland

IWEA - Effective Asset Management
3rd December 2009 – Dundalk, Ireland
Follow @IWEA on Twitter

3rd December 2009 - London

GeoPower Europe
3rd & 4th December – Munich, Germany

Copenhagen Key to Climate Investment
3rd & 4th December 2009 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Think Green - 2nd Annual Eco Expo
5th December 2009 – Riviera Maya, Mexico

IWEA - Vestas V52 Turbine Training
7th December 2009 – Dundalk, Ireland

7th December 2009 - London, UK

Wind Power Turkey
7th – 9th December 2009 – Istanbul, Turkey

COP15 Copenhagen 2009 - United Nations Climate Change Conference
7th – 18th December 2009 – Copenhagen, Denmark
You can follow @COP15 on Twitter

Green Drinks – London
8th December 2009 – London, UK
(Green Drinks events happen globally, more can be found via their website)

Sustainability Now
8th & 9th December 2009 – Online, UK
Follow @sustainnow on Twitter

Power-gen International
8th – 10th December 2009 – Las Vegas, USA

Bioenergy Australia
8th – 10th December 2009 – Queensland, Australia

9th – 12th December 2009 – Montpellier, France

Solar Turkey
10th & 11th December 2009 – Istanbul, Turkey

12th December 2009 - Coventry, UK

Bright Green - in parallel with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15)
12th – 13th December 2009 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Electricx Power 2009
12th – 15th December 2009 – Cairo, Egypt

IWEA - Vestas V52 Maintenance Training
15th December 2009 – Dundalk, Ireland
Follow @IWEA on Twitter

European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications - "Piero Lunghi Conference"
15th – 18th December 2009 – Rome, Italy

BWEA Connect - a networking evening exclusively for existing and potential members of BWEA
17th December 2009 – London, UK

We will be publishing January 2010’s list soon, so watch this space...

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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Sustainability and The Apollo Effect

This month I have had the privilege of delivering my thoughts to Facilities Managers from key businesses in Utilities, Telecoms and IT.

The document below gives some extracts from these speeches. I share with you my thoughts on the challenges ahead on our quest to organise businesses to comply with forthcoming regulations for carbon management. Pulling on some analogies and insights into practical methods of engaging mindsets and embedding cultural change for to improvement of business, maintain competitiveness and ultimately survive.

This challenge is becoming ever more complex. For businesses to remain competitive and survive in a changing world sustainable working practices now need to be embedded into the heart of organisational culture – from CEO to cleaner. But how do we relate that bigger picture of business survival in a changing world to the ordinary employee going about their day job?

By Debby Lloyd
Managing Director, EcoSearch

Monday, 19 October 2009

Energy Saving Week 2009

Energy Saving Week is an annual event hosted by the Energy Saving Trust. This year the event runs from 19th – 25th October and will be important for our pockets as well as the planet.

In the spirit of the event, the EcoSearch team brings you their top tips for saving energy;

Debby Lloyd, Managing Director
“for all those with teenagers - outsource them to university and watch your electricity bills halve! If you have latch-key kids - when you arrive home from work to find they have used the "advance" heating button on the boiler and the thermostat is set on 30 degrees! Open your wall thermostats and set the stopper at 18 degrees - force them to use jumpers! Oh, and turn off the gas on the gas fire so they can't use that either. Use a slow cooker in the winter instead of the oven - Lakeland has a great little gadget called a Remoska that literally uses the energy from a light bulb to effectively cook food!”
Phillip Clement, Director
“Work longer hours - this has numerous energy saving benefits. You use the lights and heating at work not at home. Your drive into the office and home will be in less traffic so you will use less petrol. When you get home you're so knackered you'll want to go to bed without any dinner which means you won't use the cooker and you won't need to put the lights on and you have to get up so early you won't feel like breakfast and you can wait till you get to the office to have a cup of tea so you won't need to boil the kettle.”
Mark Sawyer, Senior Partner
I recommend taking the Home Energy Check questionnaire via the Energy Saving Trust website. Considering my home working, mother and child at home all day every day with the heating on, I was surprised to get the results back and find that on an A-G rating I am currently a C. I have currently done everything possible that they suggest in their report email to reduce my carbon footprint except for getting thicker loft insulation and changing some more light bulbs... A worthwhile use of 5 minutes, especially if you are very new to thinking about saving energy.”
Clare Buxton, Wind Energy Sector Lead
“Don’t leave appliances on Standby and remember not to leave laptops and mobiles phones on charge unnecessarily. I always find myself going around the house behind the rest of the family turning off the things they’re finished with like computers, the TV and games consoles.”
Katharine Robinson, Research Associate
“Don’t put on any laundry unless you have a full load – one full load uses a lot less energy that two half loads – it’s better to wait. I have never used a tumble dryer either. I try to dry as much clothes as possible outside on the washing line, or if it’s just too rainy use an indoor airer.”

We did a series of blog posts last year for Energy Saving Week – you may find there interesting too;
We hope you save lots of pennies this week

The EcoSearch team

Friday, 16 October 2009

BWEA31 – 20th to 22nd October 2009

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) will be running its annual conference and exhibition next week in Liverpool. The event enjoys a well balanced combination of thought-leadership and focused conference sessions, as well as an opportunity to network, learn about new developments, and identify new business opportunities.

I had a conversation the week before EWEA’s Offshore Conference in Stockholm, earlier this year, with a client who I’ve known for 18 months now. He asked me why I wasn’t going to be attending. I replied “I’m far too busy, I have too many open assignments and I can’t afford to take a day, let alone two, out of the office…”. He responded that he had also thought the same thing on many occasions, but that each time he thought it, he reminded himself of the intangible, but undeniable, value that comes from solidifying relationship and building new ones in person. He was right.

And so I’ll be at BWEA31, with the intention to get as much value from it as possible, and to have a fun doing it! I will be attending on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a focus on meeting new people and keeping abreast of new entrants, new developments and new projects in the sector, as well as using the opportunity to meet with existing candidates and clients alike.

Often we are asked by industry professionals to conduct Independent Career Appraisals, and the BWEA conference is an ideal place to do this, to maximise on time and talk to people when they’re out of the office environment and not worrying about the next conference call or a deadline they’ve got to hit. There are plenty of quiet corners to find a seat and grab a coffee.

If you’d like to meet up to ask me questions, share information, or find out about what we do and how we do it, please do use BWEA31 as the perfect opportunity.

Drop me an email to or contact me via twitter @CEBUX.

By Clare Buxton
Wind Energy Sector Lead, EcoSearch

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Green and Renewable Energy Events - November 2009

We are still in the heart of events season. November is full to bursting with Renewable Energy, Cleantech and Carbon events around the globe.

Here we highlight all those events taking place in Europe – there simply isn’t room to do them all! You can also see and download our full list of global events via

If you know of an event we missed, please let us know and we will add it to the list.

Featured Event:


ETH EnergieTage Hessen 2009
30th October - 1st November 2009 – Wetzlar, Germany

Green Monday (2degrees)
2nd November 2009 - London, UK

The Energy Institute (EI) Evening Lecture - Energy Efficiency for Real – Beyond Audit to Implementation
2nd November 2009 - UK

Ocean Power - Accelerating innovation in Ocean Energy technologies
2nd & 3rd November 2009 – Lisbon, Portugal

The Green Business Awards 2009
3rd November 2009 – London, UK

National Energy Foundation - Wood Fuel Heating & CHP Training
3rd November 2009 – Milton Keynes, UK

Substation Technology 2009
3rd & 4th November 2009 – Birmingham, UK
Follow @TheIET on Twitter

RENEXPO Eastern Europe
3rd – 5th November 2009 – Kiev, Ukraine

Green Supply Chain '09
5th & 6th November 2009 – Leeds, UK

5th – 8th November 2009 – Istanbul, Turkey

University of Reading Public Lecture Series: Feed the world - climate change and global food security
6th November 2009 – Reading, UK

Innovative Futures - Low carbon, low energy, sustainable, innovative systems & designs
6th – 8th November 2009 – Coventry, UK
Follow @EcoFuture on Twitter

Environment '09
9th & 10th November 2009 – London, UK

14th European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference, Workshop and Exhibition
9th – 11th November 2009 – Leeds, UK

Essential CleanTech Investor Summit
10th November 2009 – London, UK

Green Drinks – London
10th November 2009 – London, UK

Hargould EcoShowcase Bristol - Sustainable Building Product Exhibition
10th November 2009 – Bristol, UK

Green IT Expo
10th & 11th November 2009 – London, UK

DatacenterDynamics - London 2009 Conference
10th & 11th November 2009 – London, UK

Scottish Renewables Grid Seminar - Plugging it in
12th November 2009 – Inverness, UK

3rd European Renewable Energy Policy Conference
16th & 17th November 2009 – Brussels, Belgium

17th November 2009 - Naas, Co.Kildare, Ireland
Follow @IWEA on Twitter

3rd International Tidal Energy Summit
17th & 18th November 2009 – London, UK

18th November - Reading, UK (and more UK locations throughout the month)

3rd Annual European Carbon Capture & Storage Summit
18th & 19th November 2009 – London, UK

Green Strategy
19th November 2009 – London, UK

Energy Institute Awards 2009
19th November 2009 – London, UK

Wind Power Turkey
23rd & 24th November 2009 – Istanbul, Turkey

Subsea Europe 09
24th November 2009 – London, UK

24th November 2009 - London, UK

4th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference IRES 2009
24th & 25th November 2009 – Berlin, Germany

Carbon Reduction Commitment Compliance Event
25th November 2009 – London, UK

CHP Association (CHPA) Annual Conference and Awards Dinner
25th November 2009 – London, UK

Wind Turbine Data - A One-Day Debate & Networking Forum
26th November 2009 – Hamburg, Germany

Hargould EcoShowcase Milton Keynes - Sustainable Building Product Exhibition
26th November 2009 – Milton Keynes, UK

RENEXPO(R) Austria
26th – 28th November 2009 – Salzburg, Austria


You may also be interested in October's events list.

A similar list for December will be published shortly.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Reflection On Climate Change And The Role Of Religion

After a frantic year, knee deep in satisfying the demands for expertise to deliver technology from reverse osmosis to biomass to smart metering, I recently had a well deserved break. I was able to explore the wonders of the Spanish Asturias mountains whilst taking time out with some very dear friends – old and new.

I’m not one to dwell overly on religion, but the Spanish impress me with their wonderful family ethics, strong religious beliefs and amazing church constructions in seemingly impossible mountain passes. One of the members of our group has just taken a fascinating new career path. She will be working in the heart of Rome, spending time advising various churches on how they disseminate climate change education to their various congregations. A big responsibility, and clearly one of huge importance.

I’ve also recently completed an assignment in the climate change lobbying space. Again this gave me real insight into the development of policy and the impact and importance such discussions will have to the forthcoming Copenhagen conference.

En route back to the UK (by boat, I hasten to add), not having had the luxury of TV and internet in our remote mountain accommodation, we saw distressing pictures of the Philippines – further reminders that all is not well on our planet.

I was reminded of the Richard Dimbleby lecture given by HRH Prince of Wales on Climate Change and the interplay between technology, people & religion. If you haven’t seen it, it is worth downloading. The lecture underlines the fact that many influences will be required moving forward – religion being just one of them.

So it was a good pause for reflection on the different roles people are playing in coming to grips with the climate change challenges our population will face over the coming years.

As we all go about our busy lives – where money making and materialism is high on the agenda – I wonder whether we will see a deliberate shift away from the unrelenting demands of consumerism and the trappings of material wealth. Perhaps a reconnection to more simple things in life.

For me, the last week of long lunches, food and wine shared with cherished people, to a background of gently sounding bells around the necks of contentedly munching cows and glorious green mountains, was a welcome reconnection to what life should be like.

So, back to earth with a bump then … and for those of you who know me, I’m not about to sign up and become a monk just yet …

By Debby Lloyd
Managing Director, EcoSearch

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Test Drivers Wanted for Mini's Prototype Electric Car

Drivers from South East England can volunteer, you just need to have a driving licence, be happy with a left hand drive car and have your own garage or carport for the charging unit to be installed in. The trial lasts for six months and kicks off in December.

You will have to rent the prototype, costing you £330 per month, but you will have up to 90% lower running costs, no maintenance charges, no tax or insurance to pay and the Mini-E is exempt from the London congestion charge. The free insurance, lack of maintenance bills and a cut of £220 per month to the lease cost comes thanks to funding from the Technology Strategy Board.

The Mini-E is a prototype and only 40 have been made. The research done in this trial will likely inform the development of all other 100% electric vehicles.

For more information and to apply, simply visit

By Katharine Robinson
Research Associate, EcoSearch

Thursday, 17 September 2009

The Carbon Show 2009

What? Billed as the first ever international exhibition dedicated to carbon, The Carbon Show covers everything from consulting and carbon audits to low carbon solutions for your business.

There will be interactive workshops, seminars, panel debates and plenary sessions. The Carbon Show 2009 offers a wealth of expertise, insight, and best practice. Visitors will have the chance to mix and match these elements to design their own programme. This will give attendees tailored advice and guidance on the carbon market as well as the management of their organisation’s carbon emission scheme.

When? The Carbon Show is a two day event kicking off on Tuesday 29th September 2009

Where? Excel, London

Why? The conference brings people in the industry together before the crucial Copenhagen summit in December, offering the opportunity to network with potential clients, contacts and industry leaders.

The draft Climate Change Bill commits the UK to reductions in CO2 emissions of at least 26% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Consider the huge opportunities offered by this commitment -The Carbon Show will help you make the most of them!

Who? The Carbon Show features exhibitors from across the carbon industry. EcoSearch will have a presence at the show. We look forward to meeting lots of new faces and helping all of those

Take a look at the extensive Exhibitor list to get a flavour of who you will see at the show.

Pre-register now for FREE general admission to the exhibition and advanced booking privileges for a series of innovative seminars and workshop programmes.

Don’t forget you can follow @EcoSearch and @TheCarbonShow on Twitter even if you are unable to attend. If you are tweeting from the show - don't forget to use the hashtag #carbonshow so that others can follow the show.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Happy First Birthday ''!

On Saturday 12th October 2009, EcoSearch’s blog turned one year old. We launched this blog a year ago hoping to provide useful information and insight for those in the Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Carbon Management spaces.

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In that time our most popular posts have been;

September’s Green and Renewable Energy Event’s
EcoSearch are committed to bringing you the most comprehensive guide to green events around. Each month we highlight events here on the blog and have an ever expanding master list that you can download as a pdf file. This has proved very popular with our readers and a useful resource for everyone in the EcoSearch office.
Do you still need Head Hunters in a down Economy?
This post really explains where EcoSearch’s approach benefits its clients, especially in the current economic climate.
University Challenge - Questions on Renewable Energy Projects
A fun post, written at the spur of the moment. It got a lot of search engine traffic after the rise to fame of Gail Trimble and the later disqualification of Corpus Christi (link to The Guardian).
Our Favourites to follow on Twitter for Renewable Energy News
This post is probably a little out of date now although it still lists some great folks to follow. We have also highlighted a lot of great online news sources and twitter accounts too.
Green IT Challenges
Green IT is a passion of our MD, Debby Lloyd. Every year she runs a very exclusive Green IT lunch.

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Thank you to everyone that has stopped by to read and comment in the last year. You are the reason we keep going.

Look out for new and exciting changes coming up in the next few months here on EcoSearch's blog.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Understanding What the 10:10 Project is and What You Have to Do to Be Part of It

10:10 is a project to rally every sector of British society behind a very simple idea – to cut the UK’s carbon emissions by 10% before the end of 2010.

The philosophy behind this is for the UK to demonstrate to the policy setters that we are ready, able and willing to reduce our GHG emissions and happy not to wait for policy to be imposed on us as that would likely be a long time coming. Franny Armstrong, one of the idea developers, explains this really well on the Guardian’s 10:10 site.

EcoSearch as a business and myself as an individual have committed to reducing our emissions, so understanding what it is and what we need to do is important. Thankfully the first 10% reduction is the easy step.

A couple of thoughts on how to start:
  1. Energy in the home / office – replace all light bulbs with energy efficiency light bulbs, turn off radiators in halls and unused spaces, lower the thermostat by one degree, insulate your walls and lofts. There are grants available for cavity wall insulation and loft insulation, so take advantage of them!
  2. Buy quality products – quality products last longer meaning they need replacing less. Less replacement translates to less manufacturing and less emissions.
  3. Eat better – local food that is in season has the smallest carbon footprint. Reduce your impact buy buying locally and from independent businesses. You will feel better for it too!
There are plenty of simple actions you can take to begin the process – that’s exactly what 10:10 is all about. Think about your own lifestyle and business – if you travel a lot, how can you minimise it? If you have an inefficient property – what can you do to improve it?

Specific targeting of the big emission sources in your micro-environment is easy to do and what this project is about.

So get to the 10:10 site, commit to the cause and let’s show the policy setters we are ready!

By Steven Rogers
Sector Lead for Carbon and Renewable Energy Engineering

Friday, 4 September 2009

Green and Renewable Energy Events – October 2009

October is another manic month for events. There are so many events in fact that we have only selected those occurring in Europe to display in this blog post. You can view the full list, with events taking place globally for the next 12 months here. Be sure to do your homework and don’t miss out on the best ones for you to attend.

EcoSearch aims to bring you a comprehensive list of all the events happening across the Renewable Energy, Cleantech and Carbon Management sectors. If we’re missing an event or conference, please leave us a comment or drop us an email and we’ll update our list – it’s our way of helping you connect with the right people.


Featured Events:


Sustainable Cities & Communities
30th September & 1st October 2009 - Geneva, Switzerland

Eolica Expo Mediterranean 2009
30th September & 2nd October 2009 - Rome, Italy

GeoTech Expo 2009 - First Mediterranean Earth Industry Technology Exhibition
30th September & 2nd October 2009 - Rome, Italy

AWBriefing - European CO2 Emission Performance Standards: Enhancing Policy, Collaboration and Innovation
1st October 2009 - Brussels, Belgium

Green Monday (2degrees)
5th October 2009 - London, UK

Gartner Data Center Summit
5th & 6th October 2009 - London, UK

Energy Solutions Expo 2009 (part of 'Working Buildings 2009')
7th & 8th October 2009 – London, UK

Working Buildings 2009 (part of 'Working Buildings 2009')
7th & 8th October 2009 – London, UK

NEREC - North European Renewable Energy Convention
7th & 8th October 2009 – Oslow, Norway

8th October 2009 - Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

East Midlands EXPO - greening The Economy
8th October 2009 – Leicester, UK

Energy for a sustainable future
8th October 2009 – Turin, Italy

European Bioenergy Expo and Conference
8th & 9th October 2009 – Warwickshire, UK

R-energy - International Expos for Renewable Energy-Turkey
8th - 11th October 2009 – Istanbul, Turkey

The Energy Forum (Marketforce and the IRA's 10th Anniversary Conference)
12th & 13th October 2009 – London, UK

Voluntary Carbon Markets
12th & 13th October 2009 – London, UK

Green Power Academy - An Intoduction to Renewables
12th & 13th October 2009 – London, UK

Innovate '09 - The Technology Strategy Board's annual exhibition and conference
13th October 2009 – London, UK

National Energy Foundation - Photovoltaics & Wind Seminar
13th October 2009 – Milton Keynes, UK

Green Drinks – London
13th October 2009 – London, UK

World Energy Council Energy Leaders Summit - Financial Times
13th & 14th October 2009 – London, UK

Hargould EcoShowcase Liverpool - Sustainable Building Product Exhibition
14th October 2009 – Liverpool, UK

Green Power Academy - An Introduction to Solar technology Markets
14th & 15th October 2009 – London, UK

8th Internataional Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems
14th & 15th October 2009 – Breman, Germany

European Offshore Wind 2009 Conference & Exhibition
14th – 16th October 2009 – Stockholm, Sweden

Solar Summit Freiburg 2009
14th – 16th October 2009 – Freiburg, Germany

15th October 2009 - Dublin, Ireland
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International Hydropower Association - Advancing sustainable hydropower
15th & 16th October 2009 – Bulgaria

European Energy Efficiency Strategies
19th & 20th October 2009 – Brussels, Belgium

Carbon Finance 2009
20th & 21st October 2009 – London, UK

BWEA 31 - The UK's leading renewable energy event
20th & 22nd October 2009 – Liverpool, UK

Eco Innovate 09
21st October 2009 – Essex, UK

The IET - Norman Davies Memorial Lecture: Capturing the Sun
21st October 2009 – London, UK

22nd October 2009 - London, UK

4th Power & Cooling for Datacentres Conference & Exhibition
22nd October 2009 – London, UK

5th Emerging Europe Energy Summit
22nd & 23rd October 2009 – Prague, Czech Republic

Sustainable Innovation 09
26th & 27th October 2009

HYDRO 2009
26th – 28th October 2009 – Lyon, France

27th & 28th October 2009 - Co. Kildare, Ireland
Follow @IWEA on Twitter

Entsorga-Enteco: The International Trade Fair for Recycling Management and Environmental Technology
27th – 30th October 2009 – Cologne, France

Institute of Mechanical Engineers - Carbon Capture & Storage 2009
28th & 29th October 2009 – London. UK

ETH EnergieTage Hessen 2009
30th October 2009 – 1st November 2009 – Wetzlar, Germany

We will publish a similar list for November soon.

Click here for September’s Green and Renewable Energy Event List.

Click here to download a full list of Green and Renewable Energy events for the next 12 months from

Friday, 14 August 2009

Offshore Wind Round 3: On your marks… Get set…

The allocation of the Crown Estate’s Round 3 zones is nearly upon us.

After what seems like a life-time of anticipation, the commercial negotiations are now going on between the Crown Estate and the wind energy consortiums, to finalise the allocation of offshore zones in Round 3 of the UK’s offshore development. I have spoken to a number of contacts in the industry this week, who confirmed that things are very close to kicking off. Now is the time to fasten your seatbelts, we are about to get very busy!

Massive demand for Development Skills.

Everyone to whom I speak acknowledges the fact that, should they be successful in securing a link in the supply chain towards delivering a new round of offshore wind, they will need to build their teams accordingly to make sure that they can deliver upon their commitments. From EIA specialists, to planning and consents analysts, and technical due diligence engineers, there is all of a sudden going to be a massive demand for talented individuals who can help to turn an allocated area of the sea into a massive power generating asset.

I was speaking to a specialist in Environmental Impact Assessments for Offshore Wind farms yesterday. He has been involved since Round 1 of offshore developments, and is known as one of the few real experts and heavy hitters in that arena. He is already very busy, and is anticipating his work load only to increase as time develops. Immediately the best of the best in this industry, those that have lived and breathed offshore wind already, are going to be seriously in demand.

How will you attract the best?

In a question of weeks and months, there are going to be up to 9 consortiums suddenly competing to secure the best teams in a short period of time. All of these groups of companies currently have key players already on board, but the development of a multi-MW wind farm demands significant resource and expertise. Employers, have you thought about how you are going to attract further players to your team? I’ve spoken to several people in the last few months who have claimed “we know who we want to hire already”, but have you considered that other people want to hire the same experts?

How will you create and implement a hiring strategy which allows you to identify quickly and efficiently the right people for your company, and then ensures that you are able to attract them without going through unnecessary to-ing or fro-ing, and most importantly without entering into a bidding frenzy?

How will you retain the best?

Have you also considered that other companies out there may have identified members of your existing team as the people they want to hire? How will you ensure that you retain your key players? Retention means ensuring that they are 100% comfortable where they are, and will not start to entertain your competitors’ flirtations of promotion, better benefits, more money, or increased responsibility?

Head-hunters are going to be all over this space. And whilst some of us do so with discretion, and with the best interests of all parties at heart (i.e. we have more values and ambition than just to make a quick buck), I warn you now that there are many who don’t.

You need to make sure that you have a strategy in place to hire the right people, and to retain the right people.

If you would like to discuss how you are going about this, please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 0845 241 4810 or email

By Clare Buxton
Wind Energy Sector Lead, EcoSearch

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Monday, 3 August 2009

Green and Renewable Energy Events – September 2009

EcoSearch aims to bring you a comprehensive list of all the events happening across the Renewable Energy, Cleantech and Carbon Management sectors.

September is going to be a manic month for events, so be sure to do your homework and don’t miss out on the best ones for you.

If we’re missing a conference, please leave us a comment or drop us an email and we’ll update our list – it’s our way of helping you connect with the right people.

Featured Event:


Climate Camp 2009 - Free (donations requested)
27th August – 2nd September
Follow @ClimateCamp on twitter

BioEnergy 2009 – Sustainable Bioenergy Business
31st August – 4th September
Jyväskylä, Finland

LAWEA Wind Expo 2009 - Latin American Wind Power - International Conference & Exhibition
2nd – 4th September
Panama City, Panama

7th September

AWBriefing - Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Advanced Battery technology
8th September

National Energy Foundation - Introduction to Renewable Energy
8th September
Milton Keynes

Green Drinks – London – Free
8th September
London (Green Drinks events happen globally - more locations can be found on the website)

Cleantech Forum Boston
8th – 10th September
Boston, MA

Offshore Europe 2009 - Free
8th – 11th September 2009
Aberdeen, Scotland

The Energy Event 09 - Free
9th & 10th September

BWEA Connect - a networking evening exclusively for existing and potential members of BWEA
10th September

Southwest Renewable Energy Conference

10th & 11th September
Flagstaff, Arizona

EcoMo09 24-hour dev camp - Can you write green code? - Free
11th September
Follow @ecomo09 on Twitter

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Summit
14th & 15th September
Washington, DC

European Offshore Wind 2009 Conference & Exhibition
14th – 16th September
Stockholm, Sweden

UWIG Wind Integration Short Course
14th – 17th September
Charleston, SC

IMarEST Metocean Awareness course
15th – 17th September

Recycling & Waste Management 2009 - Free
15th – 17th September

The Heat and Energy Saving Strategy - reducing emissions from existing buildings
Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum
16th September

European Biodiesel 2009
16th & 17th
Prague, Czech Republic

AWEA Wind Power Health & Safety Workshop
16th & 17th September
Follow @AWEA on Twitter
Snowbird, UT

Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2009
16th – 18th September
Follow @ICE_Engineers on Twitter
Edinburgh, Scotland

JetFin Green 2009 - For investors and managers in search of real returns from green investment
17th September
Geneva, Switzerland

European Smart Grid Strategies
17th & 18th September
Berlin, Germany

Irish Sustainable Buildings Show - Free
17th – 19th September
Dublin, Ireland

CANWEA - Canadian Wind Energy Association Annual Conference & Exhibition
20th – 23rd September
Toronto, Canada

21st & 22nd September

24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
21st – 24th September
Hamburg, Germany

REA WATTS (Wave and Tidal Technology Symposium)2009
22nd September
Wirral, Merseyside

Heat & Energy 09
22nd September

Hargould EcoShowcase West London - Sustainable Building Product Exhibition
22nd September
Twickenham, London

Wind Power Expo 2009 - Free
22nd – 24th September
Zaragoza, Spain

Carbon capture and Storage World Summit
22nd – 24th September
Arlington, Virginia

Grove Fuel Cell Symposium
22nd – 24th September

Klimaenergy 09 - Renewable Energy Trade Fair and Conference
24th – 26th September
Bolzano, Italy

RENEXPO - 10th International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficient Building and Renovation
24th – 27th September
Ausburg, Germany

Energy from Waste
28th & 29th September

Next Generation Biofuels
28th – 30th September
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The 2009 Energy Roundtable conference: A transatlantic energy partnership
29th September

The Carbon Show - The Exhibition for Trading, Reducing and managing carbon – Free (register before 25/09)
29th & 30th September

National Energy Foundation - Solar Thermal Training
30th September
Milton Keynes

AWEA Wind Resource & Project Energy Assessment Workshop
30th September & 1st October
Follow @AWEA on Twitter
Minneapolis, MN

Sustainable Cities & Communities
30th September & 1st October
Geneva, Switzerland

Eolica Expo Mediterranean 2009
30th September – 2nd October
Rome, Italy

GeoTech Expo 2009 - First Mediterranean Earth Industry Technology Exhibition
30th September – 2nd October
Rome, Italy


We will publish a similar list for October soon.

Click here for August’s Green and Renewable Energy Event List.

Click here to download a full list of Green and Renewable Energy events for the next 12 months from

Friday, 17 July 2009

UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

On Wednesday the Government announced its Low Carbon Transition Plan.

The plan covers everything from;
  • The power sector
  • Homes and communities
  • Workplaces and jobs
  • The transport system
  • Farms and managing land
  • Waste sustainability
So, here’s a round-up of all you need to know:

From the Government:
From the power utilities:

From the Press:

The Broadsheets:
The Green Press:
You may also find my list of 15 renewable energy news sources interesting.

If I have missed anything, don't hesitate to let me know.

By Katharine Robinson
Research Associate, EcoSearch

Where is the middle ground for Corporates in the current economic climate?

Here is an interesting thought for the corporate CEO out there today - which category does your company fall into?

A – Quick! We are in hunker-down mode. Let’s stop all the expansion, development and innovation initiatives and wait for the crisis to pass.


B – There is a crisis. Let’s take the opportunity to change everything and see if we can be in a different place?

Your organisation’s loyal subjects, in the meantime, are confused by the sudden “brakes on” or “charge!” edicts coming down from on high. They are quietly becoming more and more frustrated. The organisation they joined now appears to be moving in a completely different direction. They can’t rationalise it and their voices go unheard along the glass and steel corridor.

I can’t tell you how many call-in conversations I’ve had this week from solid talent venting spleen about their frustrations. I’m hearing a resounding chorus of “WE ARE MISSING THE WAVE OF OPPORTUNITY”.

My advice to them, for what it’s worth, may sound clichéd but don’t jump from the frying pan into the fire. The grass is not always greener on the other side after all.

And for the CEOs - in order to keep your talent ensure you give them a voice – communication in these times is the key to keeping people motivated. These are the people you want to keep, given that you’ve no doubt streamlined recently. Attrition now is the last thing you want in your senior management teams.

That said, I’m very happy to be agony aunt in the short term to those of you with itchy feet and of course you’ll receive a discrete tap on the shoulder at an appropriate time in the future. Keep in touch with us.

By Debby Lloyd
Managing Director, EcoSearch

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Green and Renewable Energy Events – August 2009

We aim to bring you a comprehensive list of all the events happening across the Renewable Energy and Cleantech sector. If we’re missing a conference, please drop us an email and we’ll update our list – it’s our way of helping you connect with the right people.

Green Drinks – London – Free
11th August 2009

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London (Green Drinks events happen globally - more locations can be found on the website)

Green Power Academy - An Introduction to Renewables
11th & 12th August 2009

Green Power Academy - An Introduction to Solar technology Markets
13th & 14th August 2009

The Greening Southern Africa Convention & Exhibition 2009
20th & 21st August 2009
South Africa

BioEnergy 2009 - Sustainable Bioenergy Business
31st August – 4th September
Jyväskylä, Finland

A similar list will be published for September later in August. Any feedback would be welcome.

Click here for July’s Events List.

You can also download a list of events for the next 12 months.