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SQW Group marks expansion of Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development Services
Senior Appointments will aid Growth of new Business Area

SQW Group, which owns SQW Consulting and Oxford Innovation, market leading brands in consultancy services and business support, has announced that it is expanding its services in Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development.

The Group has appointed several senior consultants with specialist expertise in the renewable energy market and the delivery of carbon reduction and waste management programmes for local authorities and the private sector. SQW Group has also marked the launch of its new Viewpoint Series of publications with a ‘thoughtpiece’ report on ‘Carbon Reduction - obligation and opportunity’, which discusses how public sector bodies can both implement carbon reduction obligations and support sustainable economic development.

The new recruits, Chris Bronsdon, Gavin McPherson and Assen Gasharov, join SQW Consulting, one of the largest and best known providers of consultancy services for economic development and regeneration. The firm’s recent projects have included a high profile study for Cycling England, which attracted national media coverage, as well as work for the Carbon Trust, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Mr Bronsdon joins as Associate Director to lead SQW’s energy consulting services for public and private sector clients across the UK. He previously ran his own energy consulting business and has specialist experience in renewable power generation technologies and regulatory issues. He is a former Director of the Scottish Energy & Environment Foundation, which provides strategic advice on energy and environment policy issues to the Scottish Parliament, DTI and UK Research Councils, and has also worked for British Energy and Nuclear Electric.

Dr McPherson joins with substantial experience in market and policy analysis in the renewable energy sector. Co-author of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Scottish Energy Efficiency Strategy, his other previous work has included input to the development of the Scottish Executive biomass energy strategy, including the design of a biomass energy support scheme, as well as the development of a strategy for the Crown Estate to tackle residual liabilities from offshore renewable energy installations.

Mr Gasharov, who has particular expertise in carbon reduction programmes, joins from a sustainable development consultancy. His previous experience has ranged from developing sustainability policies for public sector organisations and large corporates to training local authority staff in carbon management programmes and leading large scale refurbishment schemes to integrate low energy products into ageing housing stock. He has also managed ground-breaking projects, including a scheme to integrate wind turbines into a group of tower blocks in Bradford, and led awareness-raising programmes, such as the Cambridgeshire Energy for Good Scheme and the Oxford Solar Initiative, designed to encourage local residents and businesses to adopt low carbon technologies and energy efficiency measures.

Chris Green, Chief Executive Officer of SQW Group, said: “With climate change clearly emerging as the greatest challenge facing UK and international governments in the 21st century, the energy, environment and sustainable development agenda is a top priority for our public and private sector clients. It will need to be pursued alongside a continuing commitment to economic development and regeneration, recognising the tensions - and also the opportunities -that this is likely to generate.

“The UK government’s framework to tackle climate change, establishing a carbon reduction pathway to 2050, has significant implications for public sector policies to encourage sustainable economic development and regeneration. As well as adopting exemplary practices itself, the public sector is expected to promote changes, via its strategies and programmes, throughout the rest of the economy.

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