Thomas Briault brings global energy experience to Arup in South East Asia 

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
11 February 2020

Industry expert Thomas Briault has been appointed as Arup’s new Energy Advisory Leader in South East Asia, further developing the breadth of capabilities of the Arup Future Cities Hub and the firm’s renewable energy offering in the region.

Specialising in sustainable energy solutions – from concept through to construction – he has worked with private and public sector clients, providing strategic and technical advice and delivering against carbon, climate and environmental requirements.  

Internationally recognised for the commercialisation of low carbon energy solutions, Thomas has a track record of bringing projects through to financial close.

His portfolio of work includes leading a hydrogen generation and transport project in the UK, due diligence for renewable energy M&A, advising the £450m London Mayor’s Energy Efficiency Fund and €300m Global Energy & Renewable Energy Fund, determining the carbon mitigation strategy for Qatar 2022 and leading Dubai Expo’s energy masterplanning. 

Most recently he has worked on several technical due diligence projects for large scale renewable energy projects in India and South East Asia.

Integrating total energy infrastructure planning – at national, state and local scale – will deliver the best commercial, environmental and community outcomes for all. ”

Thomas Briault Energy Advisory Leader, South East Asia

“The rapid urbanisation and economic development of South East Asia is putting tremendous pressures on energy systems. To meet that demand in a sustainable way, countries will need a wide variety of low carbon energy solutions,” Thomas said.

“Careful integration of energy infrastructure can reduce carbon emissions and create efficient and resilient energy systems with reliable supply, providing the best solution for customers at lowest overall system cost for investors and operators.

“Governments can put forward a range of policies, regulations, frameworks and fiscal incentives but we still need ways of bringing private investment to really change how the markets operate.

“At the local area level, careful energy planning can bring together energy demand density, vehicle use, infrastructure capacity, waste energy sources, renewables resources, land availability, system storage capability and digital integration.”

Thomas’ strategic insight and deep technical experience will help developers, investors and decision makers to ensure that their energy programmes are financially viable and aligned with global policy agendas underpinned by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. ”

Neil Walmsley Leader, Arup Future Cities Hub

“The growth and urbanisation of South East Asia economies in this era of climate change presents major challenges for infrastructure suppliers in the energy sector,” Neil said.

Before taking up the role in Singapore, Thomas led the Energy, Cities and Climate Change team in Arup’s UK offices. 

The author of several publications, he is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Resource Management.