Meet Richard Holmes

MSc, MEI, MIEMA, C.Env., Chartered Environmentalist, Low Carbon Consultant

Richard Holmes has been involved in environmental issues for 30 year with 25 years in energy and environmental education and management. 

He is a Low Carbon Consultant for design and operation of buildings via the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE), a Member of the Energy Institute (MEI) and a Chartered Environmentalist. 

After 10 years working for The UK Energy Saving Trust’s advice network, the European Energy Agency network and a local authority Carbon Management Teams, Richard set up his own consultancy business (Third Stone Limited) in 2005. 

He provides an advisory service to all users of energy from the construction industry to businesses and public sector organisations. 

He has delivered training presentations for various clients, including the Building Research Establishment and is a lecturer in Nottingham Trent University’s Business School and School of Architecture.


Richard's work to date has focused on the following:

  • Sustainable energy advisory service
  • Training and presentations (including
  • Building Research EStablishment)
  • Energy Statement reports for planning applications
  • Energy Performance Certificates – Dwelling – new and conversions
  • Energy Performance Certificates – non-dwellings
  • Display Energy Certificates
  • Building energy surveys
  • Organisational energy audits to ISO 50001 standard
  • Energy & carbon management support
  • Energy Awareness programs
  • Travel Planning work

Richard's CV

Work Experience

Director: Third Stone Ltd – Environmental Consultancy

Set up in 2005, the aim of the company is to provide energy and environmental consultancy. Specialising mainly, but not exclusively in the energy and carbon field. Work to date has focused on the following;

  • Sustainable energy advisory service 
  • Energy Statement reports for planning applications
  • Energy Performance Certificates – Dwelling – new and conversions
  • Energy Performance Certificates – non dwellings  
  • Display Energy Certificates
  • Building energy surveys
  • Organisational energy audits 
  • Energy & Carbon management support. 
  • Energy Awareness programs
  • Training and presentations
  • Travel Planning work

Nottingham Trent University  - Visiting Academic and Lecturer

School of Business:

Sustainability in Organisations Undergraduate & Managing Sustainability MSc

  • – Carbon Management,  
  • – Green Marketing and Consumer Behaviour,  
  • – Sustainable Reporting and Accounting,  
  • – Sustainable Supply Chain Management (Fair Trade etc.). 

Previous Positions

Future Factory (Nottingham Trent University)

Energy Consultant for Future Factory Project

Nottingham Trent University  - Visiting Academic and Lecturer

  • School of Architecture; 
  • Sustainable Design and Operation of Buildings.

Elmhurst Energy Systems

Trainer and Training Developer

  • – Energy Design & Assessment for new buildings
  • – Energy & Environmental Management in Organisations
  • – Communication in energy & environmental work

Business Development Officer; Institute of Energy & Sustainable Development (IESD)

DeMontfort University

Development of research and consultancy capacity of IESD

Energy Manager – Leicestershire County Council 2007-2008

Running and development of energy management function

Travel Plan Officer – Leicestershire County Council 2005 to 2006

Assessment of travel options for organisations with development and implementation of Policies and Action Plans

Senior Environmental Consultant and Energy Officer - 1995 to 2005

Working within Leicester City Council's Environment Team and Energy Group, my work covered policy delivery on EMAS, Climate Change Strategy, Environment and Energy Strategy. The teams were responsible for the delivery of environmental practice within Leicester City Council and the broader community.

The Energy Group was made up of Leicester City Council's Energy Management Team, The Leicester Energy Agency (LEA) and The Energy Saving Trust's Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (EEAC). The LEA was part of an EU network of 200 Agencies while the EEAC was a leading member of a UK network of over 50 centres.

I played a key role in Leicester City Council obtaining Beacon Status for Energy and traveled all 12 regions of the UK running seminars to disseminate best practice in sustainable energy management to other public bodies.

My work covered;

Energy Management

The corporate energy management of the council’s estate and practices. Including advanced energy and carbon Monitoring and Targeting techniques and invest to save building improvement programmes. Helping Leicester City Council live up to title of Britain’s First Environment City.

Project Management

Delivery of a wide range of projects at local, regional, national and international level for external organisations such as the Energy Saving Trust, Department of Trade and Industry and the European Commission. Working in partnership with other organisations to secure external finance. 

Advisory Service

Provision of an energy advisory service householders, business, public sector, local authorities, Non-Governmental Organisations and voluntary sector.

Communications and awareness raising

Raising awareness to the local community, and beyond of the benefits of sustainable energy and the achievements of the local authority. 

Campaigner - Leicester Friends of the Earth 1996-1998

Concentrated on the wider, international issues involved with Climate Change and helped to draw up Friends of the Earth’s Green League table for electricity tariffs while promoting issues around climate change.

Community and Economic Development volunteer - Leicester City Council 1994

Developed and delivered environmental training courses for the unemployed in order to improve their knowledge of environmental issues and create jobs in the environmental sector. Following this a successful community based building company was formed which continues to promote sustainable building practices from design through to use and eventual re-use.

Energy Efficiency Volunteer - Environ 1994

I worked in environmental awareness raising projects within the local community. Concentrating mainly on energy efficiency as well as other aspects of eco-efficiency in the home and at work.

Research Assistant - Leicester University 1992 -1994

This primarily involved research into appropriate technologies in Less Developed Countries and specifically Malawi. This research explored various technical aspects of sustainable development in less developed countries with emphasis on appropriate technology transfer.


2015 ESOS Lead Assessor - Elmhurst Energy Systems

2015 ESOS Lead Assessor – CIBSE 

2010 Low Carbon Consultant – Energy Management Systems BS EN 50001 (CIBSE)

2009 CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme CIBSE

Training in the application of the CRC scheme

2009 16001 Certification BSI. Associate Consultant  (British Standards)

Training to help organisations achieve BS EN 16001:2009, Energy Management Systems standard

2008 Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor BRE

2008 Low Carbon Energy Assessor – Display Energy Certificates (DEC) CIBSE

2008 Low Carbon Energy Assessor – Energy Performance Certificates 3 & 4 (EPC) CIBSE

2008 Low Carbon Consultant - compliance with Building Regulations and EPBD CIBSE

2008 Display Energy Certificate training CIBSE

2008 Energy Performance Certificate training for iSBEM BRE

2008 Elmhurst Energy Performance Certificate Training

2006 Low Carbon Consultant Design (New Build) CIBSE

2006 Low Carbon Consultant Operation (existing buildings) CIBSE

2006    ISBEM Training Part L Compliance and  BRE

2006 Elmhurst Energy Assessor  – Part L Competent Person

2000 Chartered Institute of Marketing – Certificate in Marketing

2000 Countrywide Porter Novelli, Media Training

1999     Energy Marketing - Certificate

1998     M.Sc Energy and Sustainable Development

1997 Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Efficiency Professionals Trainer

1996 Leicester Energy Agency’s - Energy Efficiency in Businesses Course

1996 DeMontfort University; Renewable Energy Training Course

1996 DeMontfort University; Energy Saving Opportunities in Business Course

1996 Open University; Renewable Energy Module 

1994 National Energy Foundation; NHER Surveyor/Assessor

1994 Neighbourhood Energy Action; City & Guilds in Energy Awareness

1992/93 Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Engineering

1989-92 B.Sc. (Hons); Science and the Environment (2ii); DeMontFort University;

1988-1989 DeMontFort University; B.Sc. (Hons); Building Surveying (1st year)


European Commission ALTENER programme, Renewable Energy Case Studies and Renewable Energy Matrix, 2003

Department of Trade & Industry, Case Studies on renewable energy in Local Government, 2000

International Conference on Science and Technology, University of Strathclyde, 1993

Paper on appropriate technologies for developing countries.

First International Environmental Engineering Conference, DeMontfort University, 1993

Paper on appropriate technologies for developing countries.

Have contributed to various other publications. For example the East Midlands Regional Energy Strategy and the Leicester Climate Change Strategy.


C.Env Chartered Environmentalist 

MEI Full Member of the Institute of Energy

MIEMA Full Member of Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment

CIBSE Affiliate Member
Association for Environment Conscious Buildings

Federation of Small Businesses

Other Work

I have held membership of several organisations such as the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), Network for Alternative Technology and Technology Assessment (NATTA) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature,

I read journals such as Energy World, The Environmentalist Ecologist, Nature, New Scientist, Green Futures, Green Building Magazine, BBC Wildlife and New Internationalist as well as other printed press, radio, television and electronic media.

I have travelled widely in Europe, North America, South America, Cuba, Northern Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia where I have visited various environmental and development projects. 

Latin America

Brazil Ilha Grande Atlantic Forest Conservation Island, 

Itaipu EcoMuseu & Environmental Education Centre

Ecuador Parrots in Peril project

Peru ProAvesPeru – Conservation organisation run by former colleague, 

Chile Centro de Ecoturismo – Parque Nacional Chiloe


Uganda International Gorilla Conservation Programme Uganda, 

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre 

Ngamba island Chimpanzee Project

Tanzania Serengeti National Park, Ngorogoro Crater Conservation Area 

Botswana Okavango Delta – Maun Environmental Education Project

Zimbabwe Chipangali Wildlife Trust Zimbabwe, 



Nepal Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), 

Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP)

India Bombay Natural History Society