Tag Archives: Energy Efficiency

The Circular Economy – Who Should Be Participating?

By Ashleigh The phrase itself – the circular economy – is easy enough to understand. It generally represents the concept of using recycled materials as inputs into manufacturing processes with outputs in turn later recycled themselves. Massive potential benefits are possible with large-scale adaptation to a closed-loop system such as this, from environmental (reduced deforestation […]

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I Have Hope: How Technology Will Help Solve Our Global Energy & Environmental Challenges

By Anonymous Summary: A look at three companies that are commercializing technologies that profitably eliminate waste streams and generate clean electricity, fuels, and chemicals. Discussion in a well-educated classroom of business and policy students can quickly grow discouraging as we talk about the failure of policy, rising global emissions, the coal build-out in China, and […]

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Energy efficiency: low-hanging fruit or mirage?

By Erik Desrosiers As governments, businesses and utility companies pursue ways to mitigate the threats of climate change and growing global energy demand, it is intuitive to think that using less energy may be a practical solution. Earlier this semester, we examined the case of Groom Energy Solutions, an energy efficiency retrofit services provider whose […]

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Building Efficiency and Big Data

By Ryley P. Groom Energy, as with many energy consultation firms, is currently missing an opportunity to provide a service widely underserved; the provision of data collection and analysis in relation to energy utilization, loss, demand, and efficiency. In the development of major projects today the utilization of BIM (building information modeling) has opened the […]

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How can we keep Clean Tech in North America?

By K. O’N.   The 1366 Technologies case really brought home a key issue facing the alternative energy start-up community. It seems like many of the innovative companies in clean tech are caught in the traditional “tech” start-up mentality of going after VC and grant money as a first option. However, as we saw in […]

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Enabling Hydrocarbons

By Lee Reading tomorrow’s case (related to “EOR with CSS”, a.k.a. injecting CO2 to improve oilfield yield) got me wondering how often companies get away with implying (or explicitly claiming) positive environmental impacts when the opposite is actually true. As it stands today with how hydrocarbons are consumed, extraction technologies that reduce energy (or really […]

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The Dark Side of Efficiency

By Peter Brooks In at least three of the cases we have studied so far (Maersk, Groom, Wal-Mart) efficiency was the one thing everyone seemed to agree on.  Investments in greater resource efficiency (energy, water, space) that cost less than future benefits are no-brainers; a company can save money while also preserving precious, finite resources […]

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The difference between IBEE and a “typical” HBS class: learning in progress

By AdP “What’s the lesson?” A classmate and I asked each other after a recent IBEE class… “What’s the one thing we should take away from this discussion?” At HBS, we often read complex cases which result in clear learnings as a result of the class discussion, in which our professor guides us through a […]

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Regulation is Not the Answer

By Anonymous We’ve made the argument several times in class that sustainable practices won’t become common place until businesses are required to comply by law – but I’m not yet convinced. While I understand the argument that market leaders can use lobbying and getting on the “right side of the law” as a way to […]

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How to Filter and Select Market Opportunities for Energy Services Companies

By I-Chun Hsiao At its inception Groom Energy focused on identifying organizations with large energy-intensive facilities such as industrial sites, warehouses, or distribution centers. This led to clients ranging from grocery stores and supermarkets (Safeway and ShopRite) to food processing and distribution (Kellogg’s, Nestlé), retail stores (L.L. Bean and Bed Bath & Beyond), and industrial […]

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