National Physical Laboratory

Jane Burston


Jane Burston

Jane Burston is Head of Climate and Environment. She manages the Environment Division, a team of over 90 scientists who deliver metrology research and scientific R&D for government and commercial stakeholders, in gas metrology, trace analysis, emissions monitoring, atmospheric metrology, earth observation and optical metrology. Jane also manages the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL, which represents all of the climate change and low carbon technology across the laboratory. She sets the strategy for the Centre, acting as a spokesperson for NPL's low carbon work externally and helping to expand NPL's pioneering work in support of the low carbon economy.

Jane has received a number of recognitions for this work, including being named one of the 'Ten Outstanding Young People of the Year' in 2015 by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and by Management Today as their top 'Non-profiteer' in 2012.


Jane received her first class degree in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in 2002.

Jane worked as a consultant in the environmental sector for several years, including on climate change policy for Transport for London and the Mayor of London's office, and as an external consultant to a range of FTSE 100 businesses, public sector organisations and SMEs. She has also lectured on carbon trading on two Masters programmes, and in 2009 was a British Council Climate Change Ambassador.

She joined NPL late in 2011, from Carbon Retirement, a social enterprise she co-founded in 2008. For this she won several awards, including being named in Management Today's '35 high-flying women under 35' list and as Square Mile magazine's 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' in 2011.

Jane is on the board of the Natural Environment Research Council's London Doctoral Training Programme. She is a Trustee of the campaigning NGO Sandbag, an advisory board member for the Planet First Mark, and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Urbanisation.

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Tel: 020 8943 6355

Last Updated: 1 Jun 2015
Created: 6 Jan 2012


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