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You want to implement projects that secure both investor backing and strong local support leading to timely permits.

About Us

We enable partnerships to deliver on your shared goals.

We facilitate engagement processes that ensure clarity, mutual understanding and trust to enable communities, developers and authorities to make agreements and co-design projects supported by all.

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The Goal

The Goal

The resulting partnerships deliver Smart Projects

Smart Projects are financially and technically successful, environmentally and legally compliant and enjoy strong local support with a clear path to permits.

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How we can help you


We use Smart Engagement to help you create your roadmap to success and work with you to ensure it happens.

We assess the current situation against your goals

We work with you and your stakeholders to map out where you are now relative to what you want to achieve. We help you co-create joint strategies to address risks, potential obstacles and opportunities.

We build your capacity for co-design

We help you build and resource a winning stakeholder team, and develop the needed mindset, frameworks and skills to get all stakeholders to the table to co-design a project wanted by all (Smart Projects). 


We help you implement

We make sure that the Smart Engagement strategy & plan required for your project success is rolled out. We do this in partnership with you and your key stakeholders. We ensure the job gets done.


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ELSA is the Earning Local Support Academy, a project by AstonECO Management. The transition towards renewable energy is a pressing agenda globally and nationally, and Ireland stands at a pivotal juncture in its journey towards energy security and decarbonization. Despite the positive strides, communities at the grassroots level often find themselves at odds with developers, feeling that their concerns and aspirations are being sidelined. The ELSA project is working to address this.
The AA1000SES is a widely recognized and respected framework developed by an international and diverse team of sustainability experts to guide organisations in effectively engaging with their stakeholders in the context of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder relations and community development.


"In our joint work on tourism, and community development and energy projects, AstonECO professionally demonstrated the community development-led ethos that underpins the LEADER Rural Development Programme delivered by CLDC. While some projects were challenging, AstonECO always delivered best practice for the community and CLDC."

Gloria Callinan, LEADER programme coordinator, Clare Local Development Company

"We were struggling to find the best way to get and keep our local community on board with our energy projects. Not only did AstonECO change our thinking, they also provided us with the tools, support and advice we needed. Their contribution is essential nationally if we want to have a smooth energy transition between now and 2050."

Dara Ó Maoildhia, Aran Islands Energy Co-op

“These solutions should be incorporated by every company before investing and maintained throughout the process.”

Vassillios Carellas, CEO Ortac Resources, UK

“astoneco is one of the most experienced and qualified professional teams in the sustainability field I have worked with. I trust their ability to deliver high quality results in sustainable business development, capacity building and conflict prevention and resolution to name a few.”

Mircea Mocanu, Head of Socio-Economic Section, UNDP Romania

“The astoneco team excels at empowering both companies and communities to address pressing business sustainability challenges through effective stakeholder engagement. This is essential to ensure a common-sense approach to managing social risk and opportunity.”

Hugh Attwater, Head of Social Performance, Petrofac Services Limited, UK

“Stakeholder Engagement and Community Relations are of specific importance for our business’s social license to operate. Through this programme with astoneco, we gave our people the tools to develop successful projects, which support our business and which support also our stakeholders.”

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Sonja Böhme, Head of Corporate Sustainability, OMV, Austria

“We have worked with astoneco to help us identify, assess and manage our stakeholder-related risks for one of our sustainable production projects (Urlați). This enabled us to economically meet or exceed our company standards and project timelines.”

Ramona Brad, Director External Affairs, Procter and Gamble Romania and Balkans