Jane Burston

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Jane Burston
Jane Burston at World Economic Forum.jpg
Burston speaks to the World Economic Forum in 2019
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
EmployerClean Air Fund

Jane Burston is Managing Director of the Clean Air Fund. She was previously Head of Energy and the Environment at the National Physical Laboratory. She led a team of 150 scientists and engineers researching new energy technologies, emission measurements, as well as monitoring the climate and air pollution.

Early life and education[edit]

Burston studied philosophy at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2002.[1]

Research and career[edit]

After graduating, Burston spent a year in Zambia running a computer recycling company.[1] She worked on climate policy for Transport for London and the Mayor of London's office.[2] Burston founded Carbon Retirement in 2008, a social enterprise that reformed emissions trading and carbon offsetting.[1] Carbon Retirement put pressure on countries and companies to embrace clean technology, by allowing them to buy and use up credits. In 2009 she was selected as a Climate Change Ambassador for the British Council.[3] Carbon Retirement partnered with the New York Stock Exchange in September 2011.[2]

Burston joined the National Physical Laboratory in 2012, where she founded the Centre for Carbon Measurement.[4][5] In 2011 Burston was named as one of Management Today's High Flying Women Under 35 and the Square Mile Social Entrepreneur of the Year.[6][7] The Centre for Carbon Measurement lab at the National Physical Laboratory was established in 2012 and looks at: carbon markets, low carbon technologies and climate data.[8][9] She began In 2012 Burston was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.[10][3][11] She won the 2012 Management Today Future Leaders Award.[12][1] She was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for the Future of Real Estate and Urbanization.[13] In 2015 she gave evidence at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.[14] At National Physical Laboratory she led a team of 150 scientists and engineers.[15] She was named as one of the Top 20 Young People Globally by the International Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and a Friends of Europe European Young Leader: 40 under 40.[16] In August 2017 Burston joined the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as Deputy Director of Science for Climate and Energy. Burston became Managing Director at the Clean Air Fund in June 2018.[15]

Public engagement[edit]

Burston gave a TED talk in 2015 at the London School of Economics.[17][18] That years she spoke at X.[19] She has spoken at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 United Nations Climate Change conferences.[20][21] Burston delivered a lecture at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment in 2018.[22] She has contributed to HuffPost and Carbon Brief.[23][24]


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  2. ^ a b "Carbon Retirement – the future of offsetting". Business Green. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  3. ^ a b "Serco employee named Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum" (PDF). Serco. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  4. ^ "People on the move – February 2012 | Ethical Corporation". www.ethicalcorp.com. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
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  6. ^ "NPL Social Entrepreneur of the Year Jane Burston keynotes at Smart Grids Conference". Cambridge Network. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  7. ^ "Jane Burston | Global CCS Institute". hub.globalccsinstitute.com. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  8. ^ Programme, Climate Action. "Measuring carbon: the essential work being done in the field of low carbon technologies - Climate Action Programme". www.climateactionprogramme.org. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  9. ^ TheWomensphere (2013-07-17), Jane Burston, Founder, Centre for Carbon Measurement, UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL), retrieved 2018-07-16
  10. ^ "Young Global Leaders - Jane Burston : National Physical Laboratory". www.npl.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  11. ^ National Physical Laboratory (2012-03-06), Young Global Leaders - Jane Burston, retrieved 2018-07-16
  12. ^ "Jane Burston scoops MT Sky Future Leaders Award : News : News + Events : National Physical Laboratory". www.npl.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  13. ^ "A global deal isn't the only way to fight climate change". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  14. ^ "Witnesses named for fracking risks inquiry". DRILL OR DROP?. 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  15. ^ a b Circle, Arctic. "Arctic Circle". www.arcticcircle.org. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  16. ^ "European Young Leaders | Friends of Europe". www.friendsofeurope.org. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  17. ^ "2015 speakers". TEDxLSE. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  18. ^ TEDx Talks (2015-10-13), Where do you want to be in ten years? | Jane Burston | TEDxLSE, retrieved 2018-07-16
  19. ^ X, the moonshot factory (2015-01-05), Jane Burston- Understanding Climate Change with in-orbit satellite calibration, retrieved 2018-07-17
  20. ^ "COP24 Katowice Poland - Sustainable Innovation Forum in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Sponsors | Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018". cop.climateactionprogramme.org. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  21. ^ "COP23 Bonn Germany - Sustainable Innovation Forum | COP23". www.cop-23.org. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  22. ^ "The future of energy in an interconnected world | Jane Burston". Imperial College London. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  23. ^ "Achieving Low Carbon Cities Means Supporting New Technologies". HuffPost UK. 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  24. ^ "Guest post: Do satellites hold the answer to reporting greenhouse gases? | Carbon Brief". Carbon Brief. 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2018-07-17.