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Group D21-36 Concept proposal
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Martin Lane
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Feb 17, 2021
Hi Team 36! My name is Martin and I am your mentor. I hope you are all keeping safe, sane, and productive. I’ve taken a read through your design proposal and I am loving the idea. Your summary of both the problem and proposal are very good and extremely exciting in an area of much needed change –Green Energy! Your targeting of SME’s is a smart move as, as your research shows, they make up a majority of businesses, it may be worth researching how much CO2 is produced by business/industry as whole (I appreciate this may be hard data to find but focusing on a single country may aid you). As there are so many SME’s out there which do you think will be best to target first? Thinking about the UN’s commitment to “leave no one behind” where equality and non-discrimination -think gender equality and disability inclusion- are at the forefront of sustainable and globally responsible engineering may be of benefit. Your listing of several key features of the website are very good, I think it is worth adding an example on what type of advice will be available on social sustainability. Also expanding on your first key feature on the different aspects of business in which there are emissions will show a further example of your research. It is important to remember the whole range of different specialties of businesses so try to keep it general. Have you considered how to get information on local areas for anywhere in the world while also keeping it up to date? Information on grants, or even cost of energy can all change quickly so have a think about what is already available to you in most countries. Partnerships with public services, local partners, energy companies can be very useful if the relevant parties can be convinced of the benefits. Have you reflected on how you will fund the site? There are many avenues to go down ranging from advertising to membership. What would work best for a website like yours? Depending on the route you choose may open up possibilities. I would be more than happy to discuss any of my thoughts above with you further -or any thoughts that you may have- and I am available to meet most evenings. If you have any questions then please do reach out. Really good start so far! All the very best, Martin
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