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Let’s discover Audrey Lasserre’s journey as an Industrial and Environmental Risk Consultant
What led you to start a career in the sustainability sector?
Since childhood, I have always cared about the impact we make on the environment. That’s why I wanted to dedicate my studies and career to the environmental sector. I have a master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, specialising in Industrial Risk Management. I joined Airbus Protect in January 2019 as an Engineer. My responsibilities involved working with clients to assess their business operations to provide advice to improve on inherent risks in their activities. I consider these studies essential when preventing potential incidents that impact human beings, as much as our environment.
What are your responsibilities as an Industrial and Environmental Risk Consultant?
Within Airbus Protect, I support our industrial clients in carrying out their regulatory assessments in various fields of activity (chemicals, waste, oil & gas, etc.). These assessments can cover many topics from operations, to hazard assessments and risk analyses. Consultants often work in teams. This collaboration between expert colleagues enhances productivity because we can share knowledge and experience. At Airbus Protect, I also have the freedom to work on other topics, such as implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, which is particularly important to me.
I am proud to work on innovative projects aligned with my drive to improve our future. In particular, I contributed to a study on the risk analysis associated with the injection of hydrogen into natural gas pipelines in collaboration with the modelling team. The aim was to identify the effects of hydrogen injection on gas transport materials and equipment and to characterise the intensity of the hazards according to various hydrogen concentrations.
Can you tell us a little bit more about transitional energy and hydrogen? Why is it so important?
We all hear about global warming in the media. You may have been affected yourself in some way by fires, floods, droughts, etc. that are becoming more intense and frequent. The main cause of this global warming is fossil fuels, as highlighted in the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or the Climate Fresco.
We must therefore respond to environmental issues with energy alternatives that need to be deployable on a large scale.
This transition involves, in particular, the energy mix, i.e. the combination of nuclear and renewable energies (solar, wind, biogas, biomass, geothermal projects, etc.). It is also built through the renewal of our mobility via hydrogen or biofuels, which are an alternative to the use of oil in our daily lives.
However, I think that the development of these solutions must be achieved through well-constructed projects that take into account the impact on the environment, as well as the impact on people. Therefore, the acceleration of projects to meet the challenges of energy sobriety requires environmental studies and risk studies to best frame this development.
What do you like the most about your job at Airbus Protect?
The topics on which I work, such as regulatory studies in the industrial field, allow us to better understand the risks inherent in our clients’ activities. They help prevent accidents that could impact our environment and ourselves. In addition, Airbus Protect allows me to get involved in innovative topics related to energy transitions, such as hydrogen and cross-functional activities, by participating especially in the development of our CSR activities for a more sustainable future.
What are the pros in working for Airbus Protect?
For me, Airbus Protect combines expertise, a good working atmosphere and involvement in the protection of people and our environment.