Guernsey Electricity has appointed an environmental specialist to develop and support the company’s sustainability strategy, activities and infrastructure projects.
Matthew Le Maitre (pictured) is the new Environmental Sustainability Lead and will provide expertise and coordination of strategy in relation to the Island’s energy transition to net zero* and continues with his responsibility for the subsea cable network.
He joined the company in 2021 and has a background in infrastructure and energy projects both onshore and offshore, including work on the construction of two offshore windfarms in the UK from his time as a hydrographic survey consultant. A graduate and postgraduate from the University of Plymouth, Matthew is also a member of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science and sustainable development.
Matthew said: “I come from an environmental and engineering background having worked with multinational companies to develop and support large-scale sustainable infrastructure projects.
“As a Guernseyman who has spent many years working overseas, I’m really excited to bring home my experience gained elsewhere and put it to good use here. There is going to be much change and innovation in next five years and I’m looking forward to making sure sustainability is at the heart of decision making.”
Guernsey Electricity CEO Alan Bates, said: “The energy transition is a key strategic focus for the company and the Island as we are committed to being completely supplied by renewable and sustainable energy by 2050. We believe that the energy sector should take the lead in creating a more sustainable world in which to live and in doing so help tackle climate change.
“Matthew brings valuable experience from his time in the energy industry across a range of environmental and sustainable projects and his role is important as we develop the business into the future.”
Guernsey Electricity’s strategy is for an energy system that supports renewables and reduces the reliance on fossil fuels, which would see the power station deployed for emergency generation only.