Transitioning to net zero emissions is one of the most pressing challenges of our time. But how do we find the right pathways to emissions reduction, decarbonization, energy transition and a net zero future? Tanmay Bishnoi, our Asia decarbonization strategy lead, is helping our clients in Asia explore and uncover innovative pathways to realizing their decarbonization and clean energy goals.
An engineer turned management consultant, Tanmay has extensive experience delivering decarbonization, clean energy solutions and renewable energy consulting services for clients in Asia, the Middle East, the U.S. and Europe.
Let’s get to know Tanmay, his view on the biggest challenges facing global decarbonization efforts and more in this feature:
Hi Tanmay! Can you tell us a bit about your role and what are you most passionate about?
In my role, I help to realize our clients’ decarbonization and clean energy ambitions. I work with teammates across the globe to define what’s possible for our clients in areas such as sustainable finance, decarbonization pathways and climate action, ultimately becoming their trusted advisor as they progress down the path to net zero.
I’m passionate about new and emerging clean energy technologies and developing innovative pathways towards emissions reduction, decarbonization, energy transition and a net zero future.
Tell us more about your career background. What sparked your interest in a STEAM career in decarbonization?
My background is fairly diverse and includes aspects of business strategy and operations, entrepreneurship and developing new solutions for complex business challenges – all of which are translatable to program management. I draw on more than 14 years of experience delivering decarbonization, clean energy solutions and renewable energy consulting services working with clients across Asia, the Middle East, the U.S. and Europe. My core focus has been on advising clients on strategy, feasibility analysis, policy and regulatory advice, market assessment, scale up operations, net zero pathways and solutions associated with emission reduction and energy transition.
I love problem-solving, so I became an engineer and then moved on to become a management consultant, providing strategic and innovative clean technology solutions to the most complex challenges facing the planet. I’ve been interested in sustainability and the clean energy sector ever since 2002 to help support the environment and reduce carbon emissions.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing global decarbonization efforts?
One of the biggest challenges to decarbonization is consumer awareness and understanding that there are many pathways to reduce emissions and achieve net zero. Without understanding the range of options available, it can be difficult to capture the right mix of solutions to reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
Another challenge facing global decarbonization efforts is to ensure that technology options are available at the required scale and an acceptable cost, along with the need for low-carbon investments and a clear net zero strategy.
To address these challenges hindering the growth trajectory of decarbonization, we will need to find the right balance between government policy and regulations, technology and consumer behavior.
Can you tell us a bit more about the decarbonization solutions and projects that address some of our market challenges?
With clients across water, transport, built environment and power, as well as relationships with technology developers, the investment community and government stakeholders, Jacobs utilizes a programmatic approach towards decarbonization. This approach stretches beyond the physical or governance boundaries of isolated decarbonization projects to uncover synergies with other projects and stakeholders and help streamline efforts to achieve strong decarbonization outcomes that benefit all stakeholders involved.
Increasingly competitive and wider renewable energy adoption will support the decarbonization of the power sector, whereas the developments in green hydrogen at scale can provide the necessary impetus to reduce carbon emissions in hard-to-abate sectors.
Our Net Zero Labs program is a step toward supporting clients in their decarbonization journey, where we help frame the net zero challenge for our clients through a series of interactive workshops and map out the path forward with our most innovative thinkers and practical problem solvers.
“I’m passionate about curating fresh and innovative ideas toward decarbonization pathways and accelerating the clean energy transition to move towards a net zero future.”
Tanmay speaking about the opportunities to decarbonize the transportation sector at Singapore’s Land Transport Authority’s Inaugural Transport Industry Day 2022
When Tanmay was selected for the Chevening Fellowship in Leadership and Excellence at Pembroke College, University of Oxford – a significant achievement he’ll always cherish
When Tanmay completed his Chevening Fellowship in Leadership and Excellence in 2018
Avid travelers Tanmay and his wife, Soumya, during a holiday in New York in 2019
During his visit to Cambridge University, Tanmay took the opportunity to visit Isaac Newton’s world-famous apple tree! The legend goes that Newton was sitting beneath the tree when an apple fell and struck him on the head, sparking the a-ha moment and discovery of gravity
About the interviewee
Tanmay Bishnoi is a management consultant with a master’s degree from Kingston University London and is a Chevening Fellow in Leadership and Excellence from University of Oxford. He has more than 14 years of cross-continent clean energy experience across Singapore, India, the U.S., Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He specializes in decarbonization and net zero strategy, clean energy transition including renewable energy and energy storage, corporate renewable energy procurement, program management, pre-feasibility and feasibility analysis. He has also worked on emerging technologies like green hydrogen and electric mobility.
Tanmay is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineers, an Associate Member of Institution of Engineering and Technology U.K., a Life Member of Leaders Excellence at Harvard Square, a Renewable Energy Expert from European Union Energy Centre and a COBENFITS Specialist in Renewable Energy.
Some of his publications include:
- Contributing author: Decarbonising growth – managing the transition.
- Contributing author: Insights to accelerate corporate renewable energy procurement.
- Contributing author: Recommendations for implementation of PM KUSUM scheme.
- Contributing author: Assessing the co-benefits of decarbonising the power sector - future skills and job creation with renewable energy in India
- Contributing author (book): Unlocking the design of standalone and grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems, for the book “Progress in Solar Technologies and Applications” published by National Institute of Solar Energy, Government of India.
- Contributing author (book): Renewable Energy Policies, Schemes and Incentives for the book “Advances in Solar Energy Science and Engineering” (Vol 4) published by National Institute of Solar Energy, Government of India.
- Chief editor and co-author of three Practitioners’ Guides registered in Library of Congress USA and published by Taylor & Francis (Routledge):
- Evaluation of solar proposals: A guide for financial institutions, solar developers and EPCs
- Greening the roofs: A guide for solar entrepreneurs
- Interconnection and inspection of grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic systems: A guide for DISCOM engineers and managers.
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