Sweco Invests In Energy Expertise With New Senior Appointment
Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK has boosted its senior energy team in the UK, as the company continues to target growth in the renewable energy and heating markets.
Dr Tanja Groth joins the consultancy from The Carbon Trust as lead energy economist, bringing a decade of experience in delivering renewable and low carbon projects across the UK, Europe and South-East Asia.
In her previous role, Tanja delivered over 40 studies for district heating schemes across 25 local authorities in the UK, led the development of a socio-economic methodology for the Scottish Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy pilot scheme and provided economic assessments for a number of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Tanja was also a member of the Energy Technology Institute’s Steering Group on Smart Systems and Heat (Phase One), where she delivered a free toolkit for public sector quality assurance of district heating cashflow models.
At Sweco, she joins the UK Energy Management Team and will support the growth of the current 75-strong energy team while boosting the firm’s client portfolio in delivering socio-economic analysis, economic impact estimates, developing new business models and cashflow modelling. Her current projects include delivering the economic impact analysis for the Leeds City Region Energy Delivery Plan, and providing advisory services for a district heating inter-connector for the Leeds College of Music. Tanja is also a current member of the UK national team for the International Energy Agency Technology Collaboration Programme for Demand Side Management.
Andy King, director for energy at Sweco UK, said: “Tanja is highly skilled in energy economics and her experience in delivering projects from feasibility studies through to operation will complement and strengthen our business. She will help us to broaden our offering and bring new insight from the schemes she’s delivered all over the world, which will be beneficial to our partners across the private and public sectors, and across several segments of the energy and renewables markets including in district heating, on and offshore wind, in bio-energy and smart cities.”
Dr Tanja Groth, added: “The industry is moving towards a more comprehensive, whole systems approach to energy infrastructure in light of the government’s targets. Sweco is well placed to enable private developers and local authorities to deliver schemes that can fully achieve their potential.
“It’s an exciting time to be joining the business, and my focus will be on drawing the international expertise from across the company to deliver the technical excellence that our clients need.”
In June Sweco was named as a top ten UK civil engineering firm for the first time in the annual NCE100 ranking of the top civil engineering firms, compiled by the official magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The business leapt 40 places, to take sixth position in 2018.
Sweco recently provided a range of consultancy services to complete the Galway Wind Farm - the largest wind farm in Ireland – and is currently delivering one of the UK’s largest district heating schemes alongside Leeds City Council and Vital Energi.
Sweco UK currently employs approximately 850 people and consults on projects across the UK and Ireland via its network of 15 regional offices.