With a background in environmental management and policy, Laura has expertise in renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste infrastructure.
Since joining Eunomia in September 2015, she has applied these capabilities to a number of policy- and operations-based projects, working with both public and private sector clients. Laura is a highly experienced PRINCE2® foundation qualified project manager.
Laura is managing a four-year contract that monitors the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD). This tracks over 6,000 large-scale (>1MW) renewable electricity and storage projects including CHP systems through the planning consent process towards their operational life. Laura has gained unique insights on the impact of government policy on the renewables market through her management of the REPD. Laura also recently managed the provision of technical support for the delivery of the Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot. This was a four-year project that includes the technical assessment of applications from private and public sector organisations that are planning to replace inefficient electrical equipment with more efficient alternatives.
Laura also worked on a project for Tees Valley Combined Authority to assess the potential for energy demand management in the region. This involved carrying out an analysis of the opportunities for and benefits of applying advanced energy demand management including energy storage to the commercial, industrial and domestic energy systems (heat, electricity). Laura also worked on a project to devise an innovative approach to developing Zero Carbon Zones (ZCZs) as a demonstrator of smart living on behalf of Welsh Government and the West Wales councils. Laura supported Blackburn with Darwen Council on its successful application for funding towards a feasibility study for a heat network in the region. Furthermore, Laura worked with Reading University and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust on developing their heat network projects, which included submitting a Heat Network Investment Project application for the latter.
Laura has managed a variety of Eunomia waste infrastructure projects for local authority clients on behalf of WRAP and is therefore familiar with the requirements and specific nuances of permitting and fire prevention plans. Laura recently worked on a site feasibility assessment for waste storage on behalf of Pembroke Port Authority, as well as on a number of projects reviewing WTS and HWRC compliance with current FPP guidance and identifying where infrastructure changes were required to achieve compliance. This is in addition to providing permitting support for such facilities, be it a variation, new application or a surrender.
Laura has previously undertaken project work on behalf of Bristol Energy Network, evaluating the effectiveness of the ‘Bristol Energy Champions’ network. This involved working with organisations such as the National Health Service, Centre for Sustainable Energy and Bristol City Council to gain an in-depth understanding of the Bristol Energy Champions project as part of the Bristol Green Capital.
Before joining Eunomia, Laura worked on a variety of projects at Loughborough University in their Corporate Services and Sustainability teams. She organised and ran workshops across University departments and the University hotel, following up on audits carried out by the Energy and Waste Manager, to raise awareness about energy saving opportunities and waste prevention, and the practicalities of their implementation. Laura also provided administrative support towards ISO14001 accreditation for the University’s Environmental Management System. Prior to this Laura volunteered in India with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), working with a local environmental charity on a waste management campaign in Delhi.
Laura holds a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Bristol in which she received with distinction.