Frequently Asked Questions

The traditional roles and responsibilities within the family are no longer applicable. Currently, working parents struggle to meet new demands. Employers are becoming more flexible in accepting the changing roles of women and men in the workplace, offering different working model to adapt to employee demand.

EC&D applies its expertise in well-being to support and empower the working parents with exercises and tricks to overcome the daily challenges of the modern life.

The answer to this question has become in recent years a clearer and louder “yes”. It all depends, however, on multiple variables: size of the installation, location, current electricity structure, possibility of net metering, financing horizon, etc… EC&D performs custom-made analysis with the latest simulation software, taking into account all these points into consideration. Once the solution has been defined, we can assist the client in performing a procurement process to ensure that the most competent and economical offers are selected.

The development and financing of an EE or RE project requires the successful interaction of various stakeholders, usually with wildly different backgrounds and perspectives. While a project developer focuses on the work required to bring a project to realization, a financier will see it as a collection of risks with an associated price. EC&D leverages its wide network in both worlds to provide match-making services both for developers and financiers to bring projects to a successful close.

Some standard E&S management software exist in the market, however, these are usually targeted to companies in the construction and extractive industries. They very rarely they respond to the needs of financial institutions that need to keep track of the E&S activities of their portfolios. EC&D offers customized solutions, with a special focus on E&S standards used in development finance such as IFC Performance Standards and Equator Principles.

There are multiple aspects that affect the environmental impact of a building across its lifetime stages of design/construction, operation and refurbishment. These include energy and water consumption, waste generation, building construction practices, harmful gases management, etc.
During the operation phase, a special focus is placed on resource utilization and O&M practices, as the most cost-effective improvements are usually identified in these areas.

EC&D’s personnel has a wealth of experience in the analysis and optimization of energy and water consumption resources as well as other O&M practices, including:
⦁ Development and field testing of Carbon Due Diligence standards for Real Estate companies.
⦁ Energy audits according to EN 16247 standard.
⦁ Minimum performance standards for building design and equipment.

Despite the large number of professionals in the field of “energy efficiency” with the highest technical and ethical standards, a few actors wielding exaggerated or even plain deceptive claims have given a bad name to “energy efficiency” in some cases.

The assistance of an expert engineer on the client’s side is a small price to pay in projects where the performance of the company is at stake.

The case of chillers, for example, is one where the recent evolution of technology and controls has allowed for energy savings in excess of 40% compared to inefficient and poorly controlled technologies. These projects, however, require extreme care in the development and execution to ensure those savings are realized.

Constant change is the norm for many organizations. Global economic events, advances in technology, and organizational size drive workplace change daily. While you might not have control over the changes that your employees are faced with, you do have an important role to play in building a workforce that not only survives, but thrives, in an environment of perpetual change.

Change management strategy is a vital part of any workplace wellness strategy. EC&D can help your employees to view change as an opportunity, rather than a threat.

The translation of a climate strategy into concrete policies and measures is one of the most challenging activities for a government. This requires a deep understanding of the technologies as well as the operational procedures, incentives and limitations of multiple stakeholders such as Financial Institutions, the commercial & industrial sector and the various government departments. A carefully crafted policy and related support mechanisms can achieve an enormous positive impact in the fulfilment of a country’s climate targets. EC&D personnel is specialized in the implementation of energy efficiency policies and has worked for several development organizations in such programs.

Transparency and efficiency are two key principles in any Climate Finance activities. The first step is to have clearly defined eligibility and MRV requirements in the investment policy. These requirements will heavily depend on the asset class, type of investors, investees, etc. They generally cover technical aspects of the projects that demonstrate their positive climate impact, baseline definitions, constants used, internal and external reporting information, quality assurance practices, etc. The second, and even more important step is to establish a team with appropriate capacities to perform the required tasks. This team may be supplemented in the start-up phase by a team of external experts to develop the more intensive work. At this stage, the implementation of an impact data management system is also recommended as it allows reducing team workload. EC&D personnel has successfully performed the tasks above for leading climate funds and other organizations.

Mindfulness can be described as the practice of paying attention in the present moment, doing it intentionally and with non-judgment.  Mindfulness has been a subject of scientific investigation and it has been found to have the following benefits:

  • Improved ability to manage stress
  • Improved ability to pay attention, focus and concentrate
  • Improved creative as well as problem solving
  • Reduced impulsiveness
  • Improved conflict resolution skills
  • Increased Empathy and Respect: Increased empathy and understanding of others
  • Increased Resilience: Increased capacity to overcome challenges
  • Improved Physical Well-being: Increased engagement in physical activity