Born out of necessity
I'm Robert, founder of energypedia consult. In 2005, while working as an adviser in Bangladesh, I was desperately searching for an Excel table. I needed the current monitoring data, which a colleague had updated and sent to me, but the list was nowhere to be found. Neither in my inbox, nor in our digital storage space. Instead, all I could find where countless outdated versions of the same file, which had accumulated over time.
Back in Germany, I developed the wiki platform www.energypedia.info as part of GIZ's Energising Development program to make knowledge and experiences from different project countries available to all colleagues. The wiki approach allows knowledge to be shared in a decentralized way and supports a more direct and faster exchange of information.
I then started wondering if monitoring could also be made easier with such a digital platform. I developed a first simple monitoring tool, which was quickly met with great demand: in 2012, WebMo, our monitoring and collaboration tool was born. Finally, no more sending and merging different lists and data!
In 2011, with a desire to grow the knowledge platform energypedia.info independently, I founded the non-profit energypedia UG, and the year after, energypedia consult GmbH followed as its subsidiary.
We are a team of eleven employees with expertise in monitoring and evaluation, energy access, knowledge management, communication, as well as IT and digitalization.
Over the past ten years, we have successfully supported numerous projects and organizations in their monitoring, knowledge management and communication, advised on various digitization approaches, and produced studies and other knowledge products in the field of energy access.
Coming from the development sector ourselves, we understand our clients' needs and interests very well and speak the same language.
We are committed to a more social, just and green future. For us, treating customers, partners and employees with respect, honesty and fairness is paramount. We are always aware of our responsibility towards the environment. Therefore, our IT solutions run on CO2-neutral servers and we only buy environmentally friendly office supplies and used office equipment and devices. Within Germany we travel exclusively by train and if international flights are necessary, we compensate our CO2 emissions.
With our profit, we support the platform www.energypedia.info and thereby promote the worldwide exchange around renewable energies. Furthermore, energypedia consult is an official supporter of the Principles for Digital Development and the Code of Good Practice.