London-based environmental consultancy Carbon Trust has hired Xinying Tok as head of Southeast Asia.
Tok is based in Singapore. She takes over from William Hudson, who has moved to Vivid Economics, a McKinsey & Company subsidiary, to work on its recently launched sustainability innovation hub for Asia.
The Carbon Trust was set up in 2001 by the United Kingdom government and has been running independently since 2010. It started working with Southeast Asia clients in 2015, and supports the region’s Low Carbon Energy Programme. The US$20 million project, which runs from 2019 till this year and is funded by the UK government, aims to use green finance to reduce poverty and support clean energy initiatives.
The firm has also conducted studies on the retirement of coal power plants in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.
“Southeast Asia is a fast-growing region and it could be disproportionately affected by the climate crisis,” Tok wrote on LinkedIn. “With several Southeast Asian nations announcing and discussing net zero targets, the journey has only just begun.”
The Carbon Trust also has offices in the Netherlands, Mexico, South Africa and China. It is launching a “Route to Net Zero Standard” to help businesses manage and reduce emissions.
Tok was formerly a director at sustainability consultancy Asia Research and Engagement, where she worked on an initiative to help institutional investors engage with Asian firms on transiting to cleaner energy.
She is the co-founder of Singapore non-profit Climate Conversations, which hosts discussions on what individuals can do for sustainability. She has over 10 years of experience working in the sustainability sector.
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