Corey Barnes-Covenant, Senior Manager
"I see the higher purpose of what I do as helping to create the world I want to live in: a world that is safe from the impacts of climate change and providing equal opportunities to all our global citizens."
Corey Barnes-Covenant, Senior ManagerOpen positions
Welcome to our recent joiner
Take a few minutes to get to know our new Senior Manager, Corey Barnes-Covenant. Corey has recently joined our Strategic Sustainability Consulting team. Having being involved in multiple major projects, Corey joins Ramboll with an experienced background in the field of strategic sustainability consulting with energy and decarbonization strategies as his area of specialization.
You can learn more about Corey Barnes-Covenant and his professional background in this Q&A.
What do you work with?
I work with companies to understand how they should address sustainability strategy with an emphasis on energy and decarbonization strategies.I will be working on growing the Strategic Sustainability Consulting practice within the US and am excited about seeing the practice grow across Ramboll.
What made you want to join Ramboll Management Consulting?
There are several things that sold me on joining Ramboll Management Consulting:
- The work – The extensive amount of work that Ramboll has done to create a more sustainable world, from the strategic thought leadership all the way down to technical implementation (and everything in between!).
- The people – Everybody I talked to was kind, knowledgeable, and deeply committed to the work they are doing and the impact they are having. Knowing that I would be able to be a part of teams with and work alongside these people was deeply heartening.
- The mission – Seeing the Foundation ownership of Ramboll and the commitment to drive long-term societal value was very important to me. Not just that the words were there, but also seeing this mission driven through the company.
What is the most significant professional experience you have had so far?
This may go against the question, but I’ve got two experiences that compete within me for the “most significant” title.
Firstly, while working with Zola Electric doing work in rural electrification, I had the opportunity to see the installation of our product at a rural site in northern Tanzania. I had been involved in every aspect of getting this product to this customer: ordering the product, contract manufacturing of the product, shipping from Malaysia to Tanzania, warehousing in Tanzania, last mile distribution by motorbike, and installation at the customer’s house. To see the impact of all that work on the end customer left a lasting imprint on me.
Secondly, I worked with a major senior living provider to do an assessment of their building portfolio. Based on our analysis we were engaged to manage energy assessments across over 400 buildings to identify energy savings. Bringing changes at this scale and seeing that change implemented in the built infrastructure was a special experience.
What is the most exciting development within your field of work?
The most exciting development I have seen recently within sustainability strategy, especially within the US, is the extension of the time horizon that most companies are planning over. Many reporting frameworks and companies are now setting targets for meaningful change over the next 20 to 30 to 50 years.
At the same time, this time frame is short enough to capture long-lived assets that are being planned today (property development, energy assets, manufacturing assets). This means that, to meet these targets, companies with these long-lived assets need to be integrating advanced sustainability principles today.
How will you bring this to our clients?
Many of the companies with these long-lived assets are not as mature within sustainability and have not yet had to address these issues in a meaningful way. As such, we have an opportunity to guide these clients through their sustainability journey, and show them strategic pathways for meeting many of these targets.
How do you define the higher purpose of what you do?
I see the higher purpose of what I do as helping to create the world I want to live in: a world that is safe from the impacts of climate change and providing equal opportunities to all our global citizens.
What is your best source of inspiration?
My source of inspiration is often nature itself. Whether it comes from walking around the trails through the woods on our property or from visiting one of our beautiful US National Parks, being surrounded by the majesty of nature brings me back to what’s important. I try to take in what nature offers me, on a recent trip to Alaska my wife and I walked around the glacial rivers, climbed on Exit Glacier, flew over Denali National Park, and saw a humpback whale near Seward
At my desk I always have…?
A good view. Having worked remotely for the last four years, I’ve gotten used to working in places that bring me joy.
If I had the skills, I would love to be…?
A carpenter. After being digitally connected so much, I appreciate the chance to physically create something with my own hands.
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