Owen White is a freelance Environmental Consultant working regularly with Environmental Futures Ltd. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1995 with a BSc in Economics and Sociology. He then gained two years experience of local environmental education action while volunteering with an NGO in Southern France. In 2001 he completed an MA in Environmental Economics from the University of East Anglia. While studying for his masters, Owen also worked as an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) contributing to environmental consultancy projects for clients such as the DETR, UNEP and the European Commission, gaining European and international project experience.
Following his masters Owen spent two years working in Fiji for SOPAC: a Pacific-regional inter-governmental organisation promoting sustainable resource use and community livelihood improvements. His work in Fiji included the development of Pacific Island Country Profile papers, highlighting resource and sustainable development issues and contribution to a draft regional Sustainable Development Strategy paper, as well as contributing to an SEA of Fiji’s Tourism Development Plan. This experience gives Owen an invaluable insight into the particular development pressures, social and cultural issues and day-to-day realities of life in a small island developing state.
Since returning to the UK in 2003, Owen has worked as a freelance Environmental Consultant. He has worked on a number of projects linked to sustainable consumption and production. He has extensive experience in combining research and stakeholder engagement with an understanding of sustainability and strategic environmental issues at local, regional and national levels, and in public and private sector contexts. For example the compilation and review of sustainability and environmental initiatives, drivers, and their impacts on the UK construction industry, both in market and environmental terms. This work sought to assist Defra and ODPM in development of new Code for Sustainable Building, as well as inform Defra’s submission for the 2006 Pre Budget Report to the Treasury.
Other projects have included analysis of sustainable development tools and toolkits, development of environmental criteria for the categorisation of office supplies to help a leading UK office supply company establish a ‘green’ product catalogue, and waste market development research, including stakeholder engagement to identify needs and information priorities to assist promotion of waste management market.