Quentin Fouesnant
Head of Sales - APAC - Equilibrium
Quentin's introduction

Passionate about sustainability and technology, I have spent the last 10 years working in the energy, tech and sustainability sectors. I am currently Head of Sales at Equilibrium where we help companies leverage technology and human expertise to move forward on their sustainability journey.

What brought you to sustainability?

I started my career in the energy sector at a time when sustainability was taking centre stage. Power generation being a massive contributor to GHG emissions, we had to transition to renewable energy and greener solutions. This is what really started my journey and then I worked on energy efficiency and today on broader ESG issues with Equilibrium.

Which sustainable actions are you in charge of or have you implemented in your organisation?

Our organization is built around sustainability. While we have a relatively low impact compared to other sectors, we are hosting our platform on a cloud provider using renewable energy. Our office is housed in a LEED Platinum building which meets demanding requirements in terms of energy efficiency. We also have a strong emphasis on diversity & inclusion with a dedicated taskforce that is in charge of embedding DEI in our culture through various initiatives.

Our largest impact will be with our clients as we assist them in implementing a number of ESG initiatives so they can track and improve their impact on the planet and society. We work with them at various stage of their journey; from getting started with a stakeholder engagement to more advanced decarbonation strategies.

Which challenges did you meet and how did you overcome them?

There are a couple of key challenges I have observed while working with our customers.

  • Lack of in-house expertise on ESG matters: some people suddenly become in charge of sustainability with little to no prior experience on the topic. They often feel overwhelmed and require guidance on how to get started.
  • Very competitive market to hire sustainability professionals: there is a very high demand for ESG talent in Singapore and the wider APAC market. While there is a fair amount of professionals with less than 5 year’s experience, it is quite challenging to find more senior experts.
  • Lack of proper processes and tools to manage large amounts of ESG data: this is where it gets messy for a lot of companies. Especially for mid to large organisations, there is a huge amount of data involved and the lack of tools to properly collect the data prevents standardization, traceability and accuracy.
What are you most proud of?

My colleagues. I feel incredibly grateful to work with such amazing talents.

What would be your top 3 pieces of advice to the Matcha Initiative users?
  • Be curious, there is a lot to learn about ESG and the best practices
  • Seek help when you feel you don't have enough expertise on a topic
  • Be ambitious and inspire your colleagues to do more
In which field could you help The Matcha Initiative users?
  • Kick Start Help
  • Best Practices sharing
  • Experience Sharing
  • Expertise Sharing
  • Sustainability Career Advisor
Please describe how you could help The Matcha Initiative users?

I am always willing to share my knowledge and experience around sustainability. Being very close to the start-up scene, I can also recommend innovative solutions to tackle climate change.

Quentin's main sustainability skills/fields

Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Reporting, ESG Strategy

Quentin kindly accepts to answer your questions.

If you need additional insights, you can send him a message.