The energy transition, which requires a seismic shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, is critical to achieving our collective net zero goals. Rapid decarbonisation and the concerted harnessing of clean and renewable energy on a global scale relies on a collaborative and coordinated action. At Sweco, we have the global resource, the interdisciplinary skill set and the agile approach to energy consultancy you need to take meaningful action from generation, and transmission to distribution and storage.
Sweco leads and supports leading-edge energy transition projects across the world
From policy, to planning, to personal behaviour changes, we must work together to unlock the potential for governments, businesses and each of us as individuals.
Sweco is a sought-after global advisor for complex, difference-making projects that genuinely transform society. We have played a key role in facilitating energy generation, transmission, distribution and storage infrastructure for a number of groundbreaking developments and schemes, including our involvement in the establishment of innovative large-scale battery manufacturing and fossil-free steel production – as well as renewable energy projects that will power millions of homes. We are also providing expertise as trusted technical advisers for ‘energy islands’, which will be capable of producing renewable energy for many people across Europe.
We have also been active in creating sustainable transport solutions, in the form of new and upgraded railways and electrification of transport infrastructure – while also focusing on the hydrogen economy as the cornerstone of future clean energy production.
Our core energy transition solutions
Solar Energy Consultants
We can provide end-to-end solar energy consultancy and engineering for every aspect of a project, supporting you on feasibility/yield assessment, regulatory obligations, grid connection and environmental planning advice.
Wind Energy Solutions
Our portfolio of wind energy solutions includes a wide and varied range of onshore and offshore wind turbine power structures, supported by leading edge renewable energy infrastructure planning and design.
Sweco has over 150 hydrogen energy consultants actively working on hydrogen-related projects as they seek to meet global challenges and government policy demands to reach Net Zero as quickly as possible.
Distribution & Transmission
Sweco is a leader in distribution & transmission – advising on the design and technical due diligence of biogas upgrading and biomethane injection projects, unlocking carbon savings and promoting a circular economy.
District Heating Solutions
We cover initial energy mapping and masterplanning for district heating schemes, through to technical feasibility, design & implementation, commissioning, operations and maintenance, and even network optimisation.
Biomass Thermal Energy
We have worked on major biomass thermal energy projects providing consultancy from EIA and planning, detailed multi-disciplinary engineering, site supervision and project management support and asset management.
We provide all services required to convert waste feedstocks into energy in the most efficient and profitable manner, from initial feasibility and due diligence to continued performance monitoring and optimisation.
Energy Storage Solutions
Sweco’s experienced team provides design consultancy services across a range of energy storage projects from large-scale storage to storage that may be co-located with renewables.
Accelerating the energy transition
The UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) and the Paris Agreement have secured international support and are focused on accelerating the transition towards sustainable societies and fossil-free economies.
The world now needs to shift from agreement to implementation of solutions in the areas of energy, industry, mobility, buildings and infrastructure. Mitigation and adaptation prompted by climate change will be major transformation drivers in coming decades. This creates great business opportunities, but also challenges in the form of market adjustments, energy price volatility and global conflicts regarding environmental impact and permit processes.
Renewable energy and electrification
The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive was tightened in 2021, raising the renewable energy target to 40 rather than 32 per cent, by 2030. The binding targets for reduced energy consumption were also tightened. Among other things, the public sector is required to renovate buildings with a focus on reduced energy consumption and lower costs. The phase-out of fossil fuels alongside the electrification of transport and industry is driving investments in renewable energy production, electricity grid expansion and energy storage initiatives. Fossil-free hydrogen, in particular, is expected to play a key role in future sustainable energy systems.
Our energy experts work, often in combination, with the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, reliable and efficient power distribution, and infrastructure expansion for new fuels such as electricity and hydrogen. Several Sweco projects involve harvesting as well as storing solar and wind energy, while also reducing consumption by using energy more smartly. Our consultants also actively support the accelerated expansion of hydrogen in the overall energy supply in multiple markets.
The industry, property and infrastructure sectors are increasingly interested in circularity due to rising raw material prices, stricter climate goals and more proactive policies on the part of the EU and its member states. Industrial symbiosis is emerging, with co-located operations that make efficient use of waste streams and are part of integrated energy flows. New buildings are designed for future re-use of materials and products. Retrofitting improves performance and extends the life of existing buildings. This creates new business models, partnerships and the need for large amounts of data from the entire lifecycle.
Welfare and social sustainability
Focus is on social sustainability when urban development is pressured by the political unrest, alienation and economic uncertainty that are exacerbated by the pandemic. Government investments in public welfare, in the form of stimulus packages and restart budgets, have explicit sustainability and climate transition requirements. Designed as a post-disaster recovery, “Building Back Better” has influenced European politics and is considered as the way forward after the pandemic. A rapid climate transition also raises social challenges as the labour market shifts away from the fossil fuel economy and high energy prices put pressure on both businesses and households.
How we help businesses drive climate action
There is growing understanding that drastic change is required. But clear guidance is in short supply. Sweco’s role is to join the dots between strategic climate ambitions and practical implementation. We show our clients where efforts can be best directed.
We want to go beyond simply enabling carbon reduction in our projects. We need to make it happen. To do this, we continue to raise industry awareness and make carbon reduction a contractual standard across the supply chain, by providing thought leadership as well as practical direction.
Through a programme of continuous carbon management, including design team training and the introduction of enhanced digital techniques, we highlight new opportunities for carbon reduction to clients. If carbon management is applicable to a project but not requested, we set out the opportunities that it offers.
We have developed digital techniques to clearly communicate the carbon impact of design decisions. This helps to build awareness among clients, engineers, and key stakeholders. Developments in artificial intelligence are set to automatically optimise carbon and associated costs in the near future.
We help clients in every sector actively challenge their supply chain, through procurement mechanisms that require carbon reduction and encourage innovation. Critically, we also ensure that focus is maintained on carbon impacts throughout project lifecycle, and post-completion.
Each project we undertake is aligned to multiple United Nations Sustainable Development goals. Sustainability is at the heart of our building designs, transportation projects, landscape architecture visions, and infrastructure planning workflows – which allows us to truly transform society.