26 May Cleantech & Sustainability Jobs Market Update – May 2016
Cleantech & Sustainability Jobs Market Update – May 2016
It’s a funny time broadly speaking across the energy and sustainability markets. There is no doubt that the EU referendum, low energy prices and the governments continued agenda against the sustainability and low carbon industry are having repercussions.
We’ve seen renewables hit hard, not just from previous FIT regressions, but also from continually low wholesale energy prices – the value of assets have dropped significantly and we’ve seen the likes of John Laing amongst others highlight this in recent news articles. We expect to see more thinning out of the solar market in particular with more positivity towards the end of the year and moving forward for the businesses that hold out.
Energy Management has also struggled due to low energy prices but there’s also the feeling that ESOS has perhaps, particularly in the energy consultancy context, created a boom-bust cycle with a number of businesses being guilty of taking their eyes of their sales cycle, chasing short terms revenue.
The Government also recently managed to get Zero Carbon Homes shut down after a few failed attempts and with CfSH work now finally drying up, the residential bias sustainability work seems thin on the ground and many businesses are focusing more commercially and diversifying into new business areas.
District heating still seems high on the agenda and this was paramount from my sources at All Energy. With a number of Energy Suppliers restricting and making significant cut backs, there is potentially gap here that numerous will look to exploit.
Energy Storage is, sadly, exciting us. It seems we are even more on the cusp of realising the potential here – even more on the cusp than me have been for some time. Yep that’s right – we are on the cusp of the Holy Grail for renewables with both grid scale and behind the meter initiatives gathering pace. There’s a lot positioning for suppliers, finance and trying to understand revenue models….but it would seem we are getting there. Total’s acquisition of Saft and a couple of other notable acquisitions have not gone unnoticed and it’s interesting to see the likes of Mercedes getting involved and we found it fascinating what Nissan are up to with their upcoming trial. Demand response seems a bit of a biggie as well.
Post COP21 feels a little bit like a dwindling ember of promise but rejoice, we are seeing activity around climate finance in the upper reaches of the financial world. Will this trickle down soon?
In other news Sustainability is dead, long live Sustainability. Yes that’s right I’m putting it out there. Sustainability as we know it is dead. We’re seeing more and more talk around wellness and resilience, no doubt a stealth response to ongoing challenges.
Here’s a selection of some of our current roles. Please contact us if you are hiring or open to hearing to new opportunities across our core areas of focus: Energy, Sustainability, Cleantech, Planning and Design, Smart Cities, Environmental.
– Associate Director – Sustainability (Real Estate). London. £50-65K
– Principal Consultant – Energy & Sustainability. London / Leeds. £40 – 50K
– Senior Energy Management Consultant. Manchester. £30-45K
– Solar Sales Exec, Tier 1 manufacturer, Turkey. $DOE
– Electrical Engineer (Energy Efficiency/BMS). London. £40-50K
– Director of Sustainability (Planning & Built Environment), London, c. £55-70K
– Sales Manager (Energy Efficiency), Oxfordshire/Flex, c.£35 – 55K
– BREEAM Assessor, Manchester, £28-35K
– District Heating Engineers, Nationwide, £DOE.
– Energy Contracts Manager (Energy Performance Contracting), West Midlands, South Wales, South West. c.£40-55K
– Energy Account Manager, Oxfordshire, £22-26K.
– Senior/Principal Ecologists, Nationwide, £DOE
– Principal/TD Air Quality, Nationwide, £DOE
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