Transport & Logistics

Making every mile count aligns with our “efficiency first” philosophy.  In the UK and Europe circa 17% of freight transport is delivered by rail yet the theoretical potential is estimated to be circa 30%, almost double.  Why does this matter? Road transport emits an estimated 4 times the CO2 of rail, with rail having the added advantage of being orders of magnitudes safer.  Transforming transport will transform the world we live in.  Our team expertise stretches back to process design in the first Amazon style warehouse established in the 1990s, to helping both passenger and freight operators achieve more for less.

Utilities

It’s difficult not to mention Elon Musk when considering disruption of key markets.  The latest news is that he is now set to transform utilities, specifically the energy market with Tesla cars acting both as transport and working together to provide District Power Solutions when parked up at home. This is not only a new paradigm, but an example of making the grid even smarter; cars will charge when the electricity price is low and sell back energy when demand and the price is high; energy storage is incoming and is set to unbalance the business model underpinning traditional baseload energy sources.

Will it work? Most likely the real question is, to what extent will it work? If you’re a broadband provider, you’re probably even more curious about what Elon’s Starlink near earth orbit “accessible anywhere” internet is going to do for the progression of our digital age.  Every 14 days an additional 60 Starlink satellites join the constellation.  Does this make the existing broadband infrastructure obsolete, or will the answer lie in working out how to work together more intelligently in Elon’s new world? I suspect those involved in water supply are somewhat relieved that Elon hasn’t taken an interest, well at least not yet.

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN-UP

In order for everyone in the world to enjoy a first world standard of living, scientists have estimated that we would need the resources of seven planet earths. Something has to change.  The challenge is far more pressing than it first appears, not only have we to manage current levels of consumption, but we also have to manage the waste created in the past.

So without leaving everyone feeling too depressed, necessity is indeed turning out to be the mother of invention. Recycling and environmental clean-up are emerging as truly innovative sectors that are literally saving the planet.  The journey has been as fast as it has been remarkable.  Sending waste to landfill is now a last resort.  While it is still viewed as acceptable to burn some categories of waste for energy, in more and more cases the waste is being mined for precious metals

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