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We’re empowering businesses in our community to stop wasting energy – whilst reducing carbon emissions and their energy bills too

Project partners

Energy Solutions Oxfordshire (ESOx) is a partnership between the Low Carbon Hub and Oxford Brookes University’s Environmental Information Exchange.

Since 2017 we’ve combined our expertise to support businesses through OxFutures, delivering 136 energy audits and over 300 energy efficiency measures. So with us, you can be sure you’re in safe hands.

ESOx also forms part of the wider ESCO-in-a-Box project, led by EnergyPro Ltd and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) until June 2021.

Low Carbon Hub

The Low Carbon Hub is a social enterprise out to prove we can meet our energy needs in a way that’s good for people and good for the planet.

They develop community-owned renewable energy projects in Oxfordshire, and also work across several energy reduction programmes, including OxFutures.

They are working closely with EnergyPro to develop the business model within Oxfordshire, as the first ‘francisee’ of the toolkit.

Oxford Brookes EIE team

Oxford Brookes University’s Environmental Information Exchange (EiE) is a not-for-profit organisation based at Oxford Brookes University.

The team provides UK organisations with support to reduce their energy, water, and waste.

They are supporting the development of Energy Solutions Oxfordshire’s service and will be providing energy auditing, feasibility, and project management.

A team of trusted experts

Our team is made up of experts with decades of combined experience working with Oxfordshire’s businesses to deliver tailored energy improvements for their premises.

Alison Grunewald
Team Lead (LCH)

Alison Grunewald leads the Energy Solutions Oxfordshire team and is Business Relationships Manager at the Low Carbon Hub

She has over 20 years of project management and energy saving experience, working for a social housing provider, the National Trust, and Blenheim Palace. Recently she has led the OxFutures team, delivering over 150 energy assessments and providing support for businesses, charities and social enterprises.

She is energised by making change happen in the low carbon space, particularly at a local level and wants to unlock action at scale and pace to address our environmental and climate emergency.

Richard Dorey
Business Development Manager (LCH)

Prior to his role as Business Development Manager for Energy Solutions Oxfordshire, Richard Dorey had 30 successful years in the telecommunications sector in a range of senior sales and management roles with both larger vendors initially and then moving to work for different start-up companies to help them develop their businesses across Europe.

The move to work with Energy Solutions Oxfordshire fulfils an aim to work more locally and to work in an area which has been of great interest for many years having been an early adopter of PV and EV.

Richard holds a Business degree from Strathclyde University and an MBA from The Manchester Business School, in the UK.

James Ochiltree
Contractor Manager (LCH)

James Ochiltree is certified in Project Management by Oxford University and received First Class Honours from the University of Leeds in Sustainability and Environmental Management.

He has been Project Manager at the Low Carbon Hub since 2016, leading 14 solar projects with schools and businesses at a value over £2,000,000 capex.

He is now building on this experience as Contractor Manager for ESOx and is looking to work a wide range of clients and contractors to help businesses across the county reduce their carbon footprint. 

Michael Esvelt
Project Manager (EIE)

Michael Esvelt is the Project Manager for Energy Solutions Oxfordshire, and runs the Environmental Information Exchange (EIE) team at Oxford Brookes University.

EiE has been providing carbon reduction advice to UK organisations since 1998; Michael has been the director of EiE since 2006, helping EiE support hundreds of small businesses, schools, charities, and local authorities.

He is driven to implement high quality sustainable solutions that fit client’s needs. When not working or volunteering, he enjoys learning to cook world cuisine.

Moira Dorey
Lead Energy Assessor (EIE)

Moira Dorey has been an Energy Assessor for the Environmental Information Exchange (EIE) team, based at Oxford Brookes University, for almost 14 years following a return to education to study a Masters in Environmental Management and Technology as a mature student.

As the Lead Energy Assessor she visits a wide range of organisations for Energy Solutions Oxfordshire and its partner programme, OxFutures, providing practical advice on how they can reduce their energy use and carbon impact. She believes in the power of small steps that lead to big change and therefore looks forward to the day when every business in Oxfordshire has net zero carbon emissions. 

Dr. Kiron Neale
Data & Information Manager

Kiron is a Rhodes Scholar with an MSc. and DPhil from the University of Oxford. He has expertise in systems-level energy transitions, the mainstreaming of solar energy technologies, society and culture, as well as energy policies.

Kiron is currently the Data & Information Manager for ESOx coordinating data and information-driven activities from diagnosis of energy use to contractor outreach to the measurement and verification process. He is also involved in delivering the OxFutures energy audits for SMEs in Oxfordshire through his role with the EiE at Oxford Brookes University.

In his spare time he enjoys painting, (break)dancing and competitive sprinting.

Tabitha Whiting
Marketing and Communications Manager (LCH)

Tabitha Whiting is Marketing and Communications Manager for the Low Carbon Hub, leading on two of their ‘powering down’ energy efficiency programmes: Energy Solutions Oxfordshire and Cosy Homes Oxfordshire.

She graduated with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University in 2015.

A continued interest in communication led her to a career in marketing – initially in education before moving into the environmental sector.

Saskya Huggins
Social Impact Director (LCH)

Saskya Huggins is Social Impact Director at the Low Carbon Hub. In this role she’s focused on making sure that the work that the Hub does is both good for people, and good for the planet.

Within Energy Solutions Oxfordshire, Saskya is advising on the strategic direction of the project, ensuring the project’s alignment with this ethos.

In her spare time she volunteers with Osney Lock Hydro, the first community owned hydro on the Thames – as well as playing the fiddle for a folk band!

Our values

Energy Solutions Oxfordshire exists to make it simple for every organisation in Oxfordshire to stop wasting energy and respond to climate change.

As an organisation we place five key values at the heart of what we do. These values provide a framework to ensure that we’re always aligned with our core purpose as an organisation.

Values-driven

We are a not-for-profit organisation made up of partners driven by the same common goal: to make it simple for local businesses to make energy improvements to their premises, decarbonising Oxfordshire’s building stock and accelerating the clean energy transition.

Tailored solutions

We are technology agnostic and open-minded. We approach each client and building on an individual basis, producing the most practical solution for that case.

Trusted expertise

We are reputable energy efficiency experts, with decades of experience working with businesses across Oxfordshire. We continue to build on this foundation of trust through Energy Solutions Oxfordshire.

Committed

We are committed to finding the right solutions. That goes for each individual business we work with, building a long-term relationship to ensure savings are made. And it goes for businesses as a whole, developing a model that truly works to enable businesses to participate in energy efficiency.

Community-minded

We bring our community with us, supporting the Oxfordshire economy through working with local businesses – as well as local contractors and suppliers.

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“[The] energy audit report really hit the spot. It highlighted some obvious, low-cost improvements that we can get on with quickly as well as the bigger things that will make a significant difference to our energy usage and carbon footprint.”

– John Chadwick, New Road Baptist Church, Oxford