This week has seen the official launch of TEMBUSU Asia Consulting Pte Ltd in Singapore, formed through the collaboration of several local SMEs each with individual specialisations, to internationalise and address energy and environmental markets across the southeast Asia region.
In operation since late 2017, the new player’s stated ambition is "to provide one-stop innovative sustainability solutions and integrated services, using a combination of science and engineering expertise, to meet the needs of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - particularly water, energy, waste, environment, climate change, infrastructure, sustainable cities and education".
It also aims to act as a strategic partner in Asia to local and global companies: "Established and emerging Asian markets can look to TEMBUSU Asia to provide presence via satellite operation, build a sustainable corporate culture and tap into its strong technical expertise."
TEMBUSU Asia Consulting MD, Seng Chuan Tan, explained at the launch: "At TEMBUSU Asia, we place the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of everything that we do. The SDGs embrace strategies that build sustainable growth whilst addressing a range of sustainability goals on the nexus between energy, water and food security, while tackling climate change and promoting environmental protection."
Mr Tan, in addition to holding roles at the World Federation of Engineering Organizations and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Engineers Coordination Committee, was Ramboll’s regional managing director for Asia Pacific until October 2017.
The official launch also saw the signing of four MoUs and agreements with various international and regional organisations - including the UK’s Cranfield University, Danish consultancy NIRAS Gruppen, PT Asia Global Raya (Indonesia) and Sapphire Corporation (Singapore/China) - with the aim of stimulating collaboration in consulting, research and capacity to foster sustainable development in Asia with global technologies. Initial focus of activities will be on harnessing opportunities following rapid regional infrastructure development and China’s Belt and Road initiative.
Services on offer include: clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; sustainable cities and communities; industry, innovation and infrastructure; climate action; partnerships for the SDGs; education and training.
The firm notes it has already been commissioned by Singapore-based Mega Adventure Explore Pte Ltd to conduct a detailed environmental impact assessment, and associated studies, relating to the re-development of its adventure attraction.
It is currently recruiting for environmental consultants with five years or more experience in environmental management, due diligence assessment, regulatory compliance, waste management and carbon management.
Newcomer TEMBUSU will face fierce competition from another local Singaporean player, Surbana Jurong, who has made known its ambition to be an "Asian consulting powerhouse" following its recent acquisition of the Australian-based consultancy SMEC (EA 17-Nov-16).