Alan RussellSenior Energy & Projects Engineer


MEng Chemical Engineering

CIBSE Heat Networks Code of Practice exam pass (2018).

ECITB Safety Passport (2018)


Alan graduated with a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 2001 and has over nineteen years of engineering experience. Prior to joining Synergie Environ this experience was in the oil and gas, chemical, energy generation, and pharmaceutical industries, and encompassed process engineering design, operations, and commissioning for process plant. Since joining Synergie Environ in 2015, Alan has worked with several public and private sector clients to improve energy management and efficiency, reduce waste, and develop opportunities for low carbon energy generation and utilisation.

Alan is experienced at taking projects from initial feasibility to completed commissioning and has carried out several feasibility studies with Synergie Environ, mainly within Scottish Enterprise’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Programme (LCIP), and provided rigorous technical, economic, and environmental analysis for business cases, several of which were within the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), covering energy efficiency and low carbon energy generation options for particular sites in Scotland, for example Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports, the airport and neighbouring energy users in Prestwick, and Edinburgh BioQuarter. He has also compiled the mandatory technical reports for organisations qualifying for the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) and Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), provided technical oversight for construction and commissioning of anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas combustion systems, acted as an intermediary between the client and principal contractor for assessment and resolution of defects during AD plant commissioning, provided independent technical expertise for HAZOPs and ATEX assessments, and performed technical due diligence for an operating AD plant.

He has also undergone training in the design of district heating networks from CIBSE and the Campbell Palmer Partnership and passed the CIBSE exam for the Heat Networks Code of Practice (CP1).

Through his work with Synergie Environ he has demonstrated clear communication with clients, vendors, and design teams, and critical and robust data analysis. He is a collaborative team worker with a commitment to maximising efficiency and minimising waste and harmful impacts, through effective analysis of consumption, advising on adoption of proven energy efficiency measures, and driving implementation of low carbon energy generation projects.


  • • Techno-economic Assessment
  • • HAZOP & LOPA
  • • Quantifying & Valuing GHG emissions
  • • Energy Efficiency
  • • Process Engineering
  • • Low carbon energy generation
  • • District Energy Network Design
  • • Commissioning


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