Michael du Plessis

Environmental Development and Sustainability

Michael is our ‘go to’ man for all things environmental and sustainable. He helps organisations assess their environmental impact and develop strategies to become more efficient, reduce costs and become more sustainable.


With more than 20 years of experience in Innovation and Sustainability, he is passionate about helping organisations improve the return on their investment in innovation and sustainability. He is a specialist in the use of economic input-output analysis tools for sustainability accounting including measurement of carbon, water, energy and ecological footprints

His previous roles in the industry include a long career with ICI and later Orica Australia. More recently Michael was Innovation and R&D Manager for Sydney Water Corporation.

Michael has worked in a variety of countries including South Africa, United Kingdom and Australia.His experience covers a wide range of industry sectors, including: mining, water utilities, chemicals, explosives, manufacturing, public sector research agencies and universities.

Michael has a PhD in chemistry and is an Honorary Associate of the Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) Research Team at The University of Sydney.

Additionally, he is a member of the Australian Water Association (AWA) and an Accredited New Product Development Professional (NPDP) of the Product Development Management Association (PDMA) and a member of the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).