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Knowledge transfer for a Sustainable World

Knowledge transfer




LightSwitch is an independent consultancy dedicated to facilitating and accelerating international knowledge transfer in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and strategic sustainability.

Our objective is to promote wider deployment of proven and workable solutions to serious sustainability challenges.

Our main focus is to catalyze and facilitate active knowledge transfer projects between stakeholders in the public sector, business and the research community.

We create and support constructive knowledge sharing and capacity building partnerships between organizations with the objective of accelerating the societal transition towards sustainability.

We have the ambition to spread our philosophy around the importance of active knowledge transfer and capacity building to solve the urgent sustainability challenges that are facing our world.

Through our work we spread imbedded knowledge and experience from good practice examples to new contexts.



Unleashing Smart Grids in Mexico - international knowledge exchange workshop

17-19 August LightSwitch, in close partnership with the Mexican Energy Ministry (SENER), US Department of Energy, NREL and Swedish Energy Institute, and under the auspices of ISGAN and the 21 Century Power Partnership, delivered a package of events in Mexico City, focusing on promoting the development of smart grids in Mexico. LightSwitch was responsible for designing and facilitating an international knowledge exchange workshop on August 18th with electricity grid experts from Mexico (all central institutions involved in the Mexican electricity system reform), USA, Canada, Korea, Spain and Sweden. Based on discussions with various Mexican stakeholders during a planning meeting in June we decided to focus the workshop on the strategic issues related to smart grids, from a systemic perspective. The 25 Mexican participants and their 14 international peers did a fantastic job during the day and produced a lot of results to follow up on within ISGAN and 21CPP as well as domestically within Mexico. To promote wider participation from the smart grid community in Mexico we also organized a conference on the same theme. The results of the workshop and conference will inform a smart grid report, mandated by the Mexican Energy Transition Law about international lessons learned, which in turn will influence the Mexican roadmap for smart grids (currently under development).

All in all, our efforts seem to have been much appreciated by our Mexican hosts and we hope that this was a start of much closer international collaboration with this important country, that is in the midst of transitioning to a low carbon energy system. So, after a few months of hard work we can now lean back for a moment and celebrate success -  mission accomplished!

See the press release from the Swedish Energy Agency here.

(Photo credits: ISGAN/NREL)



ISGAN-21Century Power Partnership-SENER planning meeting in Mexico City

Following ISGAN's Executive Committee decision (in March-16 in Yokohama/Japan) to commit to do a pilot project to test LightSwitch's approach to interactive knowledge transfer, we are now deeply engaged in planning for a major international meeting in Mexico City 17-19 August 2016 (watch this space!). Partners in the project, under the auspices of ISGAN and 21 Century Power Partnership (a sister initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial), are the Mexican Energy Ministry (SENER), the US Department of Energy (DoE), and the US-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). On the Swedish side, we are working with the mandate and funding from the Swedish Energy Agency. Lots of work - and lots of fun! Oh, and by the way, here's a press release about the project (in Swedish)!

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WWF City Challenge workshop on sustainable consumption

On 31 May, LightSwitch had the great privilege to facilitate a large-scale workshop in Gothenburg with 100+ participants at the Final Conference/Award Ceremony for the WWF's Earth Hour City Challenge.  The topic of focus was on how Swedish municipalities can promote sustainable consumption (”Bilen, biffen, bostaden och brallan – hur kan kommunerna bidra till hållbar konsumtion?”), and the hundreds of ideas that came up during the workshop will now contribute to WWF's ongoing work to create a Swedish road-map synched with the conclusions of the 2016 version of the WWF Living Planet Report that will be out soon (a very recommendable read indeed!). You can find some info and pictures from the day here!

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International knowledge transfer services in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and strategic sustainability.

LightSwitch enables fact-based, pragmatic and structured processes for organisations with
a genuine wish to tap into the knowledge and experience of others as a lever for innovation, organisational development and efficiency.

Training courses for organizations that believe in the potential of active knowledge transfer.

We would like to see more organizations adopting and practicing the philosophy of active knowledge transfer.

Therefore we design and deliver tailor-made training courses and related material to enable more organizations to run their own capacity building projects.

Advisory and auxiliary consulting services related to strategic sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

We carry out e.g. feasibility studies, market analyses and evaluations, workshop facilitation and conference moderation.

We are openminded and always happy to consider participation in projects that lead in the direction of sustainability.


Helena Lindquist
CEO & Founder
+46 (0)73 970 97 97