National Physical Laboratory

Jane Burston


Jane Burston

Jane Burston has established the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL, as laid out in the UK's National Measurement Strategy.

The Centre for Carbon Measurement focuses on three areas:

  • Improving climate data: Improving the accuracy and consistency of climate data through data auditing, setting standards, developing measurement technology, and instrumentation testing. Improved data will help improve modelling of climate change and enable better policies for mitigation and adaptation.
  • Carbon trading and pricing: Developing the underpinning measurement science and technology to support the carbon markets. This will enable regulation, ensure fair and stable markets, support businesses in reporting and managing emissions, and provide confidence to establish and operate international agreements.
  • Low carbon technologies: NPL will provide access to the best measurement techniques for developers of low carbon technology, which will allow scientific validation of their performance, giving confidence to investors, suppliers and buyers. Such support is key to commercialising advances in areas such as energy efficient technology, fuel cells, photovoltaics and offshore renewables.

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

She joined NPL late in 2011, to bring her entrepreneurial skills and sustainability knowledge to bear on establishing this work.

Jane joined NPL from Carbon Retirement, a social enterprise she co-founded in 2008 that takes an innovative approach to carbon offsetting. 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' for 2011.

Prior to establishing Carbon Retirement, 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.

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6355

Last Updated: 1 Aug 2013
Created: 6 Jan 2012