Oct 24, 2022 • 48M

Building a clean energy future with Sue Brown (Worley)

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Today's guest is Sue Brown, Executive Group Director of Sustainability at Worley

As a leading global provider of professional project and asset services in the energy, chemicals and resources sectors, Worley is on the frontlines of doing the actual work to engineer and build everything we’re going to need for the clean energy transition, and they’re doing so across industries and the globe. Worley covers a full project lifecycle from guiding their customers with pioneering projects to finding innovative ways of sustaining and enhancing their existing assets. The company employs over 52,000 people, operates on all continents and is administered by its head office in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Sue has been with the company for quite a while and she runs a sustainability team, so we dug in on her journey and experience working at Worley. We also talk about the mix of project work coming from traditional industries versus cleaner sources, how that mix is shifting over time, what barriers are holding back the transition and what we can do to unlock faster progress.

In this episode, we cover: 

  • [4:47] An overview of Worley 

  • [5:51] Sue's climate journey and how she started working in sustainability 

  • [8:43] Role of an EPC like Worley 

  • [13:42] How big oil and gas companies are transitioning into global integrated energy companies

  • [18:40] Breakdown of Worley's traditional customers vs new customers from emerging industries 

  • [20:17] Worley's aggressive sustainability revenue targets 

  • [25:33] Five key shifts service providers need to take for the delivery of projects 

  • [28:15] Biggest barriers to the transition 

  • [33:14] Balancing the tension between energy security and the energy transition 

  • [35:40] Environmental justice reforms needed and how those might come about 

  • [42:02] Talent bottleneck and ways to address them 

  • [43:19] Sue's sustainability team and its charter

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Episode recorded on September 14, 2022.