Mr Barram had already established a series of businesses centring around the assessment and reporting on the potential for energy efficiency and renewables to provide energy services to a range of different applications.
The firm went on to undertake a range of projects for facilities ranging from large mining work camps and shopping centres in urban locations to eco-tourism resorts in remote off-grid locations. In the resources sector, Ensight has been engaged by clients as diverse as Chevron, Rio Tinto, Santos, BHP and Energy Resources Australia.
The Directors resolved that they wanted to make the greatest global impact possible in addressing the environmental issues associated with energy use in business.
Three things followed from this decision:
first it would be necessary to tackle the problem by working closely with those businesses that were among the biggest energy users on the planet;
second, the way in which those businesses were engaged would need to ensure that change occurred, not merely that reports were delivered to be shelved, and
third, that to engage such businesses in a way that ensured their use of energy was transformed would require that a compelling business case could be made for the changes that were possible.
Ensight developed its new business model for delivering this service through the first Energy Leadership Program conducted at Palabora Copper mine in Phalaborwa in northern South Africa. Other invitations to conduct similar programs at other mines quickly followed.