Business Productivity Specialists

Our Services

Overview

2XE’s services are founded on a passion for helping businesses and the leaders that run them thrive, enhance productivity performance and sustainability at the core.

Our services neatly integrate three key areas of expertise:

  • Commercial savvy and business strategy
  • Technical and engineering competency
  • A deep understanding of emerging trends that drive both risks and opportunity for Australia’s key industry sectors.

Our approach is always flexible and tailored to the individual needs of our clients: whether it be improving the efficiency of SME businesses, to development and roll-out of organisational-wide productivity programs with major corporates and government departments.

Browse the menu on the left for a brief listing of our core services – to find out more, feel free to contact us.

12-Month Business Productivity Program

Rather than engage 2XE on an ad-hoc basis, an increasing number of clients have asked us to put together an offering that enables us to implement resource productivity solutions more consistently and over a longer period of time. In response to this growing demand 2XE have recently launched our Business Productivity Program, which is available to a limited number of clients. This Program involves providing a suite of services over a 12-month period to assist with identifying, assessing and implementing productivity improvements for your operations – that is, improvements that improve the output (volume or quality) of your product/service and with less input (energy, water, waste, materials & labour), to improve business profitability and reduce risks.

Productivity Assessments

Our productivity assessments are designed to ‘pop the hood’ of your business and evaluate all the ways and means it could reduce costs and improve throughput of its operations. We analyse each process, how it consumes costs and resources (energy, water, waste, materials and labour), and generate a prioritised list of potential solutions (from lowest-cost to highest-cost) that the business could adopt in the short-term.

Productivity Strategy & Planning

Our productivity strategy and planning offering involves working closely with you to define your company’s strategy for improving its productivity, as a means of supporting its longer-term objectives of growth and performance in the market place. This strategy is supported by a productivity plan, which is a 1-3 year plan of improvements that could be made across the business, based on where the company wants to be over this timeframe.

Lean Production & Construction

2XE’s Lean Production offering compliments our broader suite of productivity services, and assists businesses and construction/infrastructure projects with applying lean/six sigma techniques and tools to improve quality and minimise waste. Our Lean Production & Construction process is driven by four key steps:

  • Step 1: Establish Performance Objectives & Metrics
  • Step 2: Identify Waste in the Process
  • Step 3: Implement Lean/Six Sigma Practices
  • Step 4: Monitoring & Continuous Improvement

Energy, Water and Waste Efficiency – Assessments & Audits

2XE’s standard approach to energy, water and waste efficiency assessments and audits are grounded in current standards such as:

  • AS/NZS 3598:2014 & ISO 50002 (Energy Audits)
  • ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems)
  • ISO 50001 (Energy Management Systems)
  • ISO 14064 (Greenhouse Gas)

Throughout this process we apply our own set of Guiding Principles to make sure our audits yield a tangible set of outcomes for our clients:

  • Focus on presenting a tailored business case, not a generic report.
  • Make sure it makes both technical and commercial sense.
  • Search for solutions with multiple benefits.

Business Case Development & Accessing Grants/Finance

We can help you with evaluating the technical and commercial performance of potential process efficiency and productivity improvements, and build the business case for investment either internally (by the business), or externally via grants or banks.

Many of our business clients are cash-flow-constrained and often find it difficult to spend money on productivity improvements, no matter how compelling the opportunity. 2XE has built its capability and track-record of securing grants and other forms of financial assistance to help businesses with making the investment. In the last 2 years, we have helped businesses access over $2.5m in grant funding.

Specifically for improvements that have an energy efficiency angle, we can assist with helping you to access flexible finance via the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. 2XE has been selected as the only South Australian consulting firm (and one of a small number across Australia) as a Strategic Alliance Partner for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, who currently have $2 billion allocated for low-interest loans for energy efficiency projects in the beverage industry and other sectors.

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Activity Based Costing Assessments

Activity Based Costing compliments 2XE’s broader suite of productivity services, and provides a means of assessing the ‘true cost’ of activities a business uses to deliver its product or service. Clients have found this service useful to identify which activities in their business cost the most, and model the potential impact of improvements on the company’s overall operational cost structure.

Industrial ecology and sustainable precinct development – strategy, stakeholder engagement, planning and technical assessment.

We advise our urban development clients on embedding sustainability, cleantech and industrial ecology considerations on all parts of the masterplanning process – from design and planning, through to commercial business case development and tenant attraction.

Previous projects have taught us that all great ideas in sustainable design can come to a grinding halt unless project team members of different disciplines can talk to each other; we have a significant amount of experience in facilitating the integration of architectural design, engineering services, business strategy and stakeholder engagement to yield a sustainable and cost-effective solution.

Sustainable Business Strategy

Our approach to sustainable business strategy for business (corporates and SMEs) is simple and results driven: to use sustainability to identify and act on tangible opportunities in the business that make it:

  • 2 x Efficient with its energy, water, materials and waste resources
  • 2 x Effective at delivering products and services in the market
  • 2 x Eco-friendly with significant reductions in environmental footprint.

We measure the success of our 2XE strategy service line primarily by:

  • Potential $$ saved
  • Potential $$ earned.

There are a number of other less-measurable benefits for businesses that we aim to generate for our clients besides the ‘hard dollars’ (such as branding and reputation improvement), but at the end of the day it all has to yield some kind of tangible value to the business. Our approach ensures that this happens.

Workshops & Education/Training

We have delivered over 140 workshops and presentations to businesses across Australia and internationally on sustainable business practices. We have access to a rich source of materials and pre-developed workshop courses to use for training delivery via the specification. We’ve conducted workshops for topics including:

  • Resource efficiency
  • Sustainable business planning
  • Sustainability Risk management
  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • Business Case for sustainability
  • Executive/strategic sessions.

Thought Leadership

We are a regular contributor to online and published media, books and journals providing thought leadership on a variety of topics related to sustainable business and engineering solutions. Some of our contributions include:

Contribution to Publications:

  • Contribution to World Economic Forum’s ‘The Consumption Dilemma’ report to 2011 Davos Annual General Meeting.
  • (Current) Chapter contribution to the new textbook (2012) Sustainability In Business, Wells, G. John Wiley & Sons
  • Co-authoring chapter on ‘The Business Case for Going Beyond Carbon’ in O’Brien, J. (2009) Opportunities Beyond Carbon, Melbourne University Publishing.
  • Review contribution in Flannery, T. (2005) The Weathermakers, Text Publishing, Melbourne.
  • Research and review contribution in Hargroves, K. Smith, M. (2005) The Natural Advantage of Nations: Business Opportunities, Innovation and Governance in the 21st Century, Earthscan, London.
  • Research contribution to Lovins, H. Hargroves, K. Smith, M. and Juniper, C. (2005) Prospering in a Carbon Constrained World: Profitable Opportunities for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction, CCX/EUX Opportunities Report.
  • Co-author of Chapter 3: Tomorrow’s Technologies of Tate, A. (2005) Australia Worldwide: Solutions for a Sustainable Future, Focus Publishing, Sydney.

Papers:

  • Palousis, N. Luong, L. Abhary, K. (2010) ‘Sustainability Risk Identification in Product Development’, in International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 3: 2, 70 — 80
  • Palousis, N. Luong, L. Abhary, K. (2008) ‘An Approach to Assessing Risk in Product Development’, in International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management, Vol. 2008.
  • Palousis, N. Luong, L. Abhary, K. (2008) ‘An integrated LCA/LCC framework for assessing product sustainability risk’, in Conference Proceedings of Risk Analysis 2008, Cephalonia, Greece.
  • Palousis, N. Hargroves, K. Smith, M.H. and Paten, C.J.K. (2006) ‘Re-thinking Sustainable Solutions – Innovation Inspired by Nature’, submitted to the Australian Rangelands Society: 14th Biennial Conference, Renmark, Australia, 5–7 September 2006.
  • Hargroves, K. Paten, C.J.K. Palousis, N. Smith, M.H. (2005) ‘Making the Profitable Transition Towards Sustainable Business Practice’, submitted to the ASEE/AAEE 4th Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Sydney, Australia, 26-29 September 2005.
  • Smith, M.H. Hargroves, K. Palousis, N. Paten, C.J.K. (2005) ‘A Taste of Best Practice in Engineering Sustainable Solutions’, submitted to the 2005 Environmental Engineering Society National Conference, 18-19 July 2005.
  • Paten, C.J.K. Palousis, N. Hargroves, K. and Smith, M.H. (2005) ‘How Do You ‘Teach’ Sustainability to Engineers? Introducing the Engineering Sustainable Solutions Program’, submitted to the 2005 Environmental Engineering Society National Conference, 18-19 July 2005.
  • Paten, C. Palousis, N. Hargroves, K. and Smith, M. (2004) ‘Engineering Sustainable Solutions Program - Critical Literacies for Engineers Portfolio: Putting Sustainability as a ‘Critical Literacy’ into Mainstream Engineering Curricula’, Int. Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.