Aurecon expands environmental competency in Asia with new acquisition in Singapore

From left: Chow Kha Chun, SECS human resources manager; Koh Lay Kuan, SECS operations director; Jean-Marc Girard, COO, Asia, Aurecon; Elizabeth Lee Sweet Choong, SECS director; Donald William Folkoff, SECS director (Image: Aurecon)

International design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has acquired Singapore Environmental Consultancy and Solutions (SECS), which will officially become a member of the Aurecon Group effective 15 Nov 2023.

According to Aurecon, this acquisition is a significant step for them as it reinforces the company’s commitment to expanding its environmental and sustainability capabilities in the Asian region.

SECS brings a wealth of experience in the field of environmental consultancy, further amplifying Aurecon’s portfolio and presence in this domain, which it has been diligently strengthening over the last three years in Asia.

The acquisition of SECS follows Aurecon’s previous strategic investments in the environmental and sustainability sector. In August 2021, Aurecon acquired ERE Consulting Group — now Aurecon Lestari — a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy based in Malaysia.

Subsequently, on 1 Jun 2022, it expanded its reach with the acquisition of Acuity & Acumen, an environmental consultancy based in Hong Kong. Most recently, in December 2022, Aurecon added AEC Limited, an independent ecological consultancy also based in Hong Kong, to its portfolio.

“This strategic acquisition represents a notable milestone as we advance our commitment to enhancing our environmental and sustainability offerings in the Asian market,” said William Cox, CEO of Aurecon.

“SECS’s wealth of expertise and extensive experience positions us to provide our clients with even more comprehensive and cutting-edge solutions, effectively addressing the escalating environmental challenges prevalent in the region.

“This initiative stands as a testament to our Blueprint to 2025, particularly the pillar dedicated to Growth in Asia’s environmental and sustainability sector, where we target to achieve a growth rate exceeding 25% by 2025.”

Recognising Asia’s pivotal role in its portfolio, Aurecon’s commitment to environmental initiatives aligns with the region’s favourable long-term projections of nearly $26tn in investment by 2030.

Singapore, known as the ‘Garden City’, is said to be “an ideal setting” for Aurecon’s environmental dedication, as seen through initiatives like the Singapore Green Plan 2030.

This acquisition seamlessly aligns with Singapore’s sustainable vision, strengthening Aurecon’s regional presence while contributing to Singapore’s greener, sustainable future.

“The acquisition not only strengthens our position in the environmental services industry but also significantly broadens our reach across Asia. With a growing team of experienced environmental professionals and a wider array of services, Aurecon is well-equipped to cater to the needs of government and private global multinational clients,” said Stephane Asselin, Aurecon’s chief executive of Asia.

“We are truly excited about SECS becoming a part of the Aurecon family. This integration offers a tremendous opportunity to further elevate our environmental and sustainability services in collaboration with a globally recognised leader in engineering, design, and advisory solutions,” said said Koh Lay Kuan, operations director of SECS.