Sustainability: The time is nigh?


Sustainability: The time is nigh?

The Lewis Davey Cleantech & Sustainability Recruitment team take a look at the current state of the Sustainability industry and share an overview of some of our latest jobs.  Excuse the cliches!  

Who would have thought it? On the back of some shambolic political manoeuvring and the ongoing farce that is…simply that, Sustainability seems to be having a bit of a resurgence.

Well maybe it is, maybe it isn’t – it depends on who you speak to and whilst there is obviously volatility in the market, the odd hiring freeze and occasional reluctance to press the button on new hires, here at Lewis Davey we are starting to believe, starting to hope, the tide might be turning.

Driven by the Climate Emergency, School strikes and Extinction Rebellion movements and growing consumer appetite around plastics, we might be seeing a shift in appetite.  Maybe this has been coming for some time.  We were all waiting patiently following on from COP 21 for, well, stuff to happen and it just didn’t seem to – finance just didn’t seem to be mobilised.  Politicians started to type their reports one finger at a time and the world, in every sense of the word, waited and waited and well, we are still waiting…

That being said, in the last couple of years, we’ve seen an explosion in the responsible investment market.  Not a day passes without some mention of ESG, SRI, Impact Investing in our humble office.  Investors are clearly putting more pressure on.  This will add fuel to the fire.

Consumer views seem to be changing – another driver for businesses and sustainability and maybe even voters and, as we all know, politicians like votes, they like them a lot but can they see through their BREXIT blinkers?

Recently, we’ve seen The Committee on Climate Change announcement advocating a Net-zero target by 2050 but saying it is only possible “if clear, stable and well-designed policies [are] introduced across the economy without delay.” [And that] “Current policy is insufficient for even the existing targets.”

I muse; Clear? Stable? Well-designed? Without delay?…

All this being said, there does seem to be momentum.  Social Value seems to be raising it’s head (, we’re seeing more around ESG, there’s demand across Energy Services and Sustainability Reporting.  BREEAM Assessors and Thermal Modellers continue to be challenging to find and we’re picking up new mandates weekly across #cleantech & sustainability.

Check out some of our vacancies below.  Most of our vacancies can be viewed via our website or if you are an experienced energy & sustainability professional looking for work, just give us a call on 020 7859 4246 or email

EPC Level 5 Modeller, London, £DOE:  Ideally EPC level 5 assessor or someone with solid IES-VE modelling experience to work on prestigious commercial real estate portfolios as part of MEES drive.  Gain exposure to wider work ranging from LCA, sustainability strategy, wellbeing, green building certification and energy management.

Energy & Environmental Manager, London: Seconded role into the prestigious HQ of Bloomberg overseeing waste, water, energy initiatives etc. #London

Senior Corporate Sustainability Consultant, London, c.£40-60K: Working with Fortune 100 clients delivering work around science base targets, materiality etc.  Yes there’s a data element but also a sprinkling of strategy.

Sustainability Consultant, London £30-40K: Reporting bias role around CDP, Science base targets, GRESB but reporting is there to measure improvements, and can you help businesses improve their sustainability performance?

Energy Manager, London, £DOE: Energy Manager role focused on commercial real estate across UK.

Energy Analyst, South East, £25-30K: for those that love data…

Energy Manager, West Midlands/M4 Corridor/Home based, £45-50K: Energy auditing, client management, consultancy role.

Sustainability Manager (Construction), Various, London: £45-60K: Various levels, various businesses.  Looking for sustainability managers with experience of construction industry.  Will consider consultants who are looking to move client-side.

Senior Sustainability Consultant, LCA, Yorkshire or London, c.£40-60K.  Life cycle assessment and product sustainability focused.

Associate Director – Sustainability, London or North West, c.£50-60K: Work with CRE investors delivering a variety of sustainability work from EMS to Energy Management and reporting.

Senior Consultant (Strategy & Renewables), London, £45-60K.  Bonus-led, demanding but rewarding culture where academically high achievers will be able to work on diverse workstream including solar pv installations, reporting, strategy and energy management.

District Heating Engineer / Energy Engineer, London, £35-45K: Keen to hear from consultants with experience of district heating for roles at engineer and senior/associate level.

Renewables Consultant, Leeds, £30-45K: Looking for a renewables/energy consultant with experience of working across renewable energy feasibility, agreeing heads of terms, grid connections, EV, energy storage and so forth.

BREEAM Assessor, UK wide, £30-50K: Ongoing requirement for BREEAM assessors UK wide.

IES Modellers, UK Wide, £30-40K: We’re looking for IES modellers, accredited Low Carbon Assessors for opportunities in the North West, London and Midlands.

Associate Director/Senior Consultant – Sustainability & Social Value, London/Flexible, c.£40-45K.  Excellent opportunity to work on some market leading social value projects in commercial real estate and manage several key clients working broadly across sustainability but including EMS, Energy Management, ESG Strategies.

For more details, just give us a call on 020 7859 4246 or email



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