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New ENGIE offshoot, EQUANS is looking to grow its business across Australia and New Zealand by offering specialist regional services, primarily focused on HVAC, fire protection, electrical and audio visual.

ENGIE recently split its global business into several smaller subsets with the aim of becoming more specialised and useful to customers.

Staff-wise the company is similar to what it was under the ENGIE banner, with close to 1000 employees in 20 locations across the region, providing design, construction and maintenance services that are helping to optimise performance and decarbonise the built environment.

Big name clients also carried over, including retail giants Coles, Woolworths, Westfield and Kmart as well as banks, telecoms providers, airports and universities.

While the company’s global headquarters is located in France, a local management team oversees regional operations, with three offices in Melbourne and one each in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

At the helm is EQUANS ANZ chief executive, Clive Ross, who joined the company in February this year on the back of a string of roles in the industrial services field, most recently with Ventia and Fredon.

He explained the restructuring was a way for the company to become more flexible, having been bloated by global acquisitions.

“ENGIE had been on a fairly aggressive acquisition campaign for a number of years, and across the globe had basically acquired services businesses that fell into the sectors that we operate in,” Mr Ross .

Many clients were in the process of decarbonising, to which his company was looking to offer services across three main transitional areas –  energy, digital and industry.

A recent example was a heating and cooling redesign for the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney which reduced power consumption by 25 per cent. The company has also been working closely with major client Monash University to conduct BMS (building management services) upgrades across four of the school’s buildings.

“It’s really good to work alongside clients that actually have that forward thinking, innovative mindset,” Mr Ross said.

More clients were operating under a mindset of corporate social responsibility, which, combined with potential financial benefits of upgrading inefficient building operations, was driving a strong will for change in the industry.

“It’s encouraging to see how it is accelerating and moving towards the decarbonized world that I think we’ll be living in in the next couple of decades,” he said.

Being part of a global operation helps the company source the latest tech and energy solutions from Europe and around the world.

“There’s huge expertise and experience in our UK business, as well as our French business in this area. They’ve got a smart cities capability in France, that’s focusing on public lighting, CCTV (closed circuit television), EV (electric vehicles), and smart mobility,” he said.

“So how can we tap into that? Pick the eyes out of it, so that we don’t have to go through the learnings again, and basically bring that expertise, translate it, and drop it into the Australian market.”

“That’s a really exciting prospect for us as we move forward and I think that’s something that will set us apart from some of the smaller entities in Australia with whom we have traditionally competed.”

Job Movements

Dr Dominique Hess has taken on the role of zero carbon buildings lead at City of Melbourne, following the departure of Sarah Reid, where she will help implement the council’s decarbonisation plans for buildings.

Ken Lunty has joined engineering company Arcadis as technical director of sustainability, leaving Edge Environment after eight years.

Mr Lunty brings a wealth of experience in climate change adaptation and mitigation, having worked on many high profile projects across the property and infrastructure sectors to deliver sustainability outcomes.

Simon Dormer has become Northrop’s new life cycle design leader, where he will be responsible for leading the internal climate action work and supporting the business across a variety of sustainability projects.

Angie Abdilla, who is a practitioner of Country Centered Design and creator of social enterprise Old Ways, New, has taken on a new role as professor of practice at UNSW.

“I’ll be sharing our methodology, Country Centered Design and how it supports us to work with Indigenous knowledge holders, cultural practices and complex systems in the design of places, experiences and deep technologies,” Ms Abdilla posted online.

“I’ll be helping to shape the ways our cultural/strategic design and creative technologies are realised within the built environment, cultural sectors and many other ways of working and relating.”

The City of Kingston has appointed a new chief executive, Peter Bean, previously general manager at the City of Melton.

Kingston mayor Steve Staikos welcomed Mr Bean who he said was well qualified for the challenges ahead.

“Councillors, in partnership with the community, have set a strong vision for Kingston’s future and we are confident Peter will help us deliver exceptional projects and services; lead the project to develop a new Aquatic and Leisure Centre for the community; and seek to influence major government projects underway in Kingston including Level Crossing Removals and the Suburban Rail Loop.”

Mr Bean has more than 20 years’ experience in the public sector, working in major capital projects, finance, human resources, economic development, information technology and with a background at a range of councils including Moreland, Nillumbik Shire, Indigo Shire, Albury Shire and the former City of Mordialloc.

Our pick of the jobs

An interesting role with Rheem this week. The company, which has proved somewhat resistant to the electric transition, being a major manufacturer of gas powered products, is looking for a sustainability and environmental coordinator.

The company says the role involves helping implement sustainability improvement projects such az zero waste to landfill, greenhouse gas reductions and packaging improvements.

Among the job requirements will be developing sustainable strategies for the business while  supporting and spruiking a sustainable engineering direction.

We are super curious to hear about the direction of sustainable engineering in the company, so take this job and get back to us!

And finally, If you’re as sick as we are of the massive amounts of plastic packaging waste that exists in our retail environment, this new role with German supermarket chain Aldi could be the job for you.

Got a job appointment or some industry news?

As plastics and packaging sustainability assistant, you will be responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the supermarket and liaising with product providers to help come up with better solutions for the environment.

You’ll need to demonstrate previous experience in packaging, sustainability, environmental reporting and circular economy, which unfortunately we don’t think includes mindfully opening a packet of chips to eat on the couch!

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