Stakeholder facilitation
Multi-criteria Decision Analysis
Systems modelling
Mediated modelling
Customised training
LCA training

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Stakeholder facilitation

Sustainability challenges require the engagement of multiple stakeholders; to obtain their input, expert knowledge and buy-in, and to ensure a common understanding of both baseline data and visions for the future. Facilitating such highly technical and discipline-specific discussions requires not only experience in group facilitation techniques, but also a rich technical understanding of the subject area.

The Green House consulting team has many years of international experience in facilitation of a wide range of stakeholder processes – ranging from those to support biofuels policy in the UK, to setting up a charter for the Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage in South Africa, to allocation of monies for minerals research in Australia, to the WWFs Global Climate and Energy Initiative strategy sessions, to setting agendas for collaborative research groups.

Facilitation of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis workshops and scenario and futures analysis are specialist application of The Green House’s facilitation skills.

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Multi-criteria Decision Analysis

The sustainability debate often involves a number of trade-offs. MCDA provides a structured framework to help support complex decisions and planning. MCDA makes decisions and choices transparent and defensible, leading to stakeholder buy-in.

The Green House is experienced in the use of such techniques including facilitation of workshops for multiple stakeholder engagement in the decision process.

Case studies: Development of a Low Carbon Action Plan for South Africa

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Systems modelling

“Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It’s a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static ‘snapshots’”- Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline

The Green House specialises in “systems thinking” which, simply put, is a way of approaching a problem that unpacks the various elements and seeks to understand how they relate to each other and their environment. Systems modelling is the process of enumerating these relationships. Building system models is often indispensible as a vehicle to frame, understand and discuss complex issues and problems.

The Green House uses various modelling platforms, one of which is the system dynamics modelling platform: STELLA. System dynamics (SD) is a type of simulation modelling which allows for the exploration of the evolution of a complex system over time, by taking on board the feedback loops and dynamic behaviour of the system.

Case study: Development of a Low Carbon Action Plan for South Africa

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Mediated modelling

Technical models can often be intimidating to stakeholders. This reduces their effectiveness as there can be a lack of buy-in to the results. Mediated modelling is an approach to modelling which aims to achieve a high degree of consensus and understanding among stakeholders by involving them collaboratively in the model building process.

The Green House uses the STELLA modelling interface in facilitated sessions with stakeholders to collaboratively build models that describe complex systems. The value of this approach is that consensus is reached not only on the problem itself but also the outcomes. The understanding of the system that is imparted to stakeholders through the process is also invaluable.

Case studies: Development of a Low Carbon Action Plan for South Africa

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Customised training

At The Green House we aim to equip our clients with the tools to continue improving their performance through training which is customised to the client and the subject area.

In particular, The Green House consultants are uniquely positioned to provide a practical and in-depth understanding of LCA and carbon footprinting, given our extensive real-world experience in conducting LCA and carbon footprinting studies. This is coupled with our academic experience in providing graduate- and post-graduate level courses at Universities, Summer Schools, workshops and conferences.

Case study: Mainstreaming Sustainable Consumption and Production into National Development Planning with a focus on developing countries

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LCA training

Life Cycle Assessment training courses are hosted regularly in Cape Town. A range of courses on life cycle assessment (LCA) and carbon footprinting is on offer, with scopes that vary from one-day, basic introductory courses, to comprehensive multi-day courses that cover advanced aspects in LCA.

The life cycle assessment course is built up in modules, and provides:

  • A thorough grounding in the aims and principles of product carbon footprinting and LCA.
  • Practical applications of LCA and carbon footprinting through hands-on case studies
  • Complex aspects of LCA and product carbon footprints modelling, such as managing data uncertainty and modelling multi-output or multi-function processes.
  • Participants can attend as many modules as they wish, or can build up incrementally on their LCA expertise (i.e. not all modules have to be attended at one time).

The aim of the basic module is to leave students equipped to interpret and understand LCA and product carbon footprint studies. The subsequent modules are designed to allow participants to effectively tackle their own LCA models. This is conveyed through a thorough grounding in the theory (following the ISO standards) and hands-on exercises to facilitate understanding by immediately putting the theory into practice. Advanced modules introduce such topics as managing data uncertainty, sensitivity and scenario analyses, how to model complex systems (multi-output processes, open-loop recycling etc.), how to manage complex end-of-life processes in your models (dismantling of products, reuse, recycling and disposal), use of alternative data sources in LCA (e.g. hybrid LCAs using economic input-output data) and a host of evolving topics in this emerging field. The practical aspects of the training course make use of SimaPro, a complete software package that allows users to build complex life cycle models in a systematic and transparent way contact us for more information. A free time-limited licence for SimaPro is provided for the training.

In-house LCA training courses are also offered, which can be tailored to an organisations’ individual needs.