New Sustainability and Net Zero Lead announced

Date: January 30, 2024

As part of our continued efforts to focus on environmentally sustainable construction practices, we’re pleased to announce the appointment of Tezeta Shimelis-Molalign as our first Sustainability and Net Zero Lead.

Joining us from Buckingham Group Contracting, where she was Carbon Lead, Tezeta has seven years of experience with Mace, including Heathrow projects, and a further 14 years with Laing O’Rourke, primarily as a Civil Engineer.

In a brand new role for Sweet Projects, Tezeta will work within Ian Dovey’s HSQE (Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental) team, and will play a vital role in delivering the business, client sustainability and net zero ambitions into action across all Sweet’s Projects

“It is time for Sweet Projects, as a young, fast-growing business, to invest in the right people to drive and optimise our sustainable practices,” said Ian Dovey, HSQE Director. “In this new role, we’re committing to further embed our ambition to be a sector leader in sustainability, decarbonisation and environmental issues.”

“Tezeta’s depth of experience and qualifications speak for themselves. We’re delighted to have her on board and look forward to working together to continue pushing Sweet Projects’ sustainability credentials.”

Originally from Ethiopia, Tezeta holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Sligo in Ireland, diplomas in Water Resources Engineering and Building Construction Studies, and this year completed a Business and Climate Change with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

“I’m excited to join Sweet Projects,” said Tezeta, “I can’t wait to get stuck in and help the team continue their great work and make valuable contributions towards delivering climate-neutral projects for our clients.

“My engineering role has taken me on quite a journey,” continues Tezeta, “Delivering exciting and iconic projects such as Heathrow’s Terminal 2 and 5, The Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, One Hyde Park and high-end residential buildings across the capital has given me a host of new ideas and solutions to bring to the table.”

Tezeta’s sustainability work has also led to a number of recognitions, including delivering a publicly-accessible 13-hectare nature reserve restoration with London Wildlife Trust, achieving a national biodiversity gain, being awarded the Clean Vehicle Partnership Champion Award (2019) for actively engaging suppliers to take on EVs to reduce emissions around Heathrow, and the Operating Sustainably Award (2018) for leading the implementation of the Heathrow 2.0 sustainability plan, among others.

Find out more about Tezeta in her biography here.