Neil Kolwey


Neil is co-leader of the Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge, a new initiative funded by the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office and the U.S. Department of Energy. This program provides technical assistance and recognition to large and medium-size industrial facilities in Colorado. Neil also works to advance energy efficiency in the industrial sector throughout the Southwest through networking with utility programs and other efforts.

Before joining SWEEP, Neil managed the greenhouse gas (GHG) consulting practice at E Source, and wrote numerous reports on energy efficiency best practices, climate change business strategies, wholesale natural gas and electricity markets, and other topics. The GHG inventory consulting practice mainly focused on helping companies develop GHG emission inventories at the corporate level. A good part of this work was providing GHG inventory support to the U.S. EPA’s Climate leaders program, beginning with the program’s inception in 2001. Other corporate inventory work has involved helping companies register their emissions through the California Climate Action Registry, or helping companies develop an inventory according to the World Resources Institute’s GHG Protocol.

Neil has also led several projects to evaluate the life-cycle carbon footprint of a company’s products, using the guidelines of the Carbon Trust and the UK’s PAS 2050. Through support to the Climate Leaders program as well as other projects, Neil has provided GHG inventory assistance to more than 40 large companies, including Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, Miller Brewing Co., U.S. Steel, Johnson & Johnson, Frito-Lay, Levi Strauss & Co., Silicon Valley Power, WE Energies, and FPL Energy.

In 1999-2000, Neil won a Fulbright grant to study in Sweden and earned an MS in environmental management and policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University. Before that, he spent nine years as the technical assistance coordinator for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Pollution Prevention Program, helping to develop and coordinate the Governor’s Pollution Prevention Challenge Program.

Neil has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

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