With an ardent interest in academia and irrepressible passion for renewable energy and sustainability, Marc Lamphiere has been applying his industry experience across the infrastructure sector for over 20 years. Already making waves through his work in the renewables sector, Marc is leading the way in expanding Mace’s offer across transport, energy and utilities in Ireland.
- How did you get into what you do?
I began my working life in Ireland as a graduate design engineer, moving on to lead an engineering office and then crossing over into project management.
Five years after graduating, I returned to university to do a Masters of Science, with a focus on renewable energy and sustainability. Armed with this newfound knowledge, I moved to Scotland where I got to travel and work on a wide variety of renewable energy projects, before returning to Ireland to support and help grow the sector. When the opportunity arose to join Mace, it was an easy decision to jump on board, what with the business's commitment towards pursuing a sustainable world.
- How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
Our work in Ireland sees us provide services across multiple sectors - from offshore wind projects, to working across electrical transmission and distribution for public and private sector clients, supporting the delivery of Ireland’s 70% renewable electricity target by 2030. Framework appointments, including with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Irish Water, the Electricity Supply Board and Scottish and Southern Energy have greatly expanded the business and broadened Mace’s offer across transport, energy and utilities. This type of work has transformed my understanding of the challenges faced by the infrastructure sector and the steps needed to achieve Ireland’s 2050 net zero target. More personally speaking, being at the forefront of major infrastructure delivery in Ireland, while contributing towards the success of Project Ireland 2040, has been really rewarding.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
One of the biggest questions I asked myself before joining Mace was whether I could make a positive and lasting impact and having been with the company for just under two years, it’s been great to see huge progress on the major projects I’m involved in.
In the offshore wind sector, one project I’m working on is set to deliver clean energy to up to 1.2 million homes a year, while in utilities, the deployment of the National Broadband Plan, a government-led initiative, will improve Ireland’s rural internet connectivity, helping with home working and removing countless cars from the road network.
- What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?
- The scale of our awards in the power and renewable sector has been a real highlight for me. The potential to support the connection of 4.5GW of onshore wind and solar and 5GW of offshore wind, not to mention exploring energy storage and hydrogen, is hugely exciting, as our work will play an important role in helping create a sustainable future for Ireland.
- What might someone be surprised to know about you?
- For almost a decade, I have been a member of the Dublin Energy Lab Research Group and the Computational Finance Research Group, which provide academic research into financial analysis. My area of contribution is around carbon markets and carbon and environmental commodity trading, tying into work I did as part of my PhD. During this period, I have contributed towards various academic publications, even presenting to the World Congress on engineering and co-authoring a book on financial engineering.
- If you hadn't got into this line of work, what do you think you might be doing?
- At 18, I sat entry exams to be a commercial pilot but didn’t make the cut! So deep down, I’ll always be a failed pilot. But in all seriousness, I’m happy about the way things have turned out and really enjoy what I do.
- What is the most exciting project you've worked on in your time at Mace so far?
- I spent several months seconded into the Department of the Environment Climate Action and Environment, working on the delivery of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan. This project will deliver highspeed broadband to almost a quarter of Ireland’s population and with the first users connected earlier this year, it’s been amazing to see the testimonials come in and to hear about the positive impact it’s having on communities, businesses and individuals – especially during such a challenging year.
“When the opportunity arose to join Mace, it was an easy decision to jump on board - what with the business’s commitment towards pursuing a sustainable world.”