Lead process engineer Syla Clarke is passionate about applying her key skills in process engineering and project management to help Costain accelerate the UK towards a carbon neutral future as part of the company’s climate change action plan.
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Lead process engineer
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Process engineering, project management
The Oxford University alumni is at the forefront of delivering leading edge programmes such as the UK’s first carbon capture and storage (CCS) project and prides herself on working across organisational and functional boundaries to deliver maximum value and achieve complex objectives for clients. Previous experience at multi-national energy companies resulted in an interest in the complexities of the challenges which relate to how the planet keeps global warming below the 2°C environmental temperature rise target threshold. At Costain, Syla enjoys working across several sectors to provide sustainable solutions fulfilling her ambitions, as well as those of her clients, of making a positive difference to the environment.
Syla on overcoming the climate change emergency
Syla shares the same views as colleague Adrian Finn in that the solution to overcoming climate change is global collaboration. She believes industries and governments worldwide need to work together to understand more about the energy consumed by their own power generation sector, buildings, transport and industry to be able to improve efficiencies and deploy the right technologies.
Calling on developed countries to take the lead, Syla believes national governments will need to provide the appropriate policy frameworks and incentives to change the way energy is both used, produced and distributed.
Syla on the importance of climate change leaders
Describing the transition to net zero as uncertain, Syla believes having the right people in key positions, leaders who understand new technology in context and can drive better integration of good achievable policy across governments, whilst balancing sociable acceptability, is key to the transition.
Syla recognises that this is an exciting time to be an engineer and looks forward to working with clients and the supply chain to deliver integrated services to find the best solutions to improve people’s lives and address the impact of climate change.