Dr. Paula Owen

Environmental sustainability

An environmental and sustainability specialist with two decades of professional experience in the areas of energy; sustainability; climate change and carbon footprinting & management, Paula has a DPhil in Climate Change Chemistry from Oxford University, as well as a Masters degree in Information Science from City University, London.

Paula has worked across the academic; public; governmental; NGO and commercial sectors. She was a director at the sustainabilty charity Forum for the Future; she headed up the environmental information services for the British Library; was seconded to the UK government’s Department for Rural Affairs, and the Department for Energy and Climate Change and spent eight years at the Energy Saving Trust developing its knowledge and insight resources and commercial consultancy capability. She has consulted to a range of organisations, from blue chip multi-nationals through to educational and arts charities and NGOs on energy related and employee engagement related matters including proctor & Gamble, British Gas, BSkyB, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Tate museums.

Paula was the project lead in the creation of the official UK government’s carbon calculator for the domestic sector – the Act on CO2 Calculator. This award-winning calculator has been an exceptional success since it was launched 5 years ago. Other carbon management tools have been developed for Google; the BBC and Energy Saving Trust. She is currently working on a school's carbon toolkit calculator for Cambridge University's Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

Paula is a published environmental author and has written a series of energy and carbon related publications: The Rise of the Machines; Ampere Strikes Back and the Elephant in the Living room. These publications did much to aid the understanding of the role the residential sector plays in the increasing energy demand within the UK over the past four decades.

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