General Manager, Carbon Trust Scotland
As General Manager of the Carbon Trust’s Scotland office, Paul Wedgwood has led the development and delivery of sophisticated, multi-faceted programmes, providing independent, impartial advice on carbon management, energy and resource efficiency and cost saving, renewable energy, and district heating. This has supported 150 public sector bodies and hundreds of other organisations in Scotland’s business and third sectors, helping those organisations to identify and implement a wide array of opportunities in energy and resource efficiency, delivering significant cost savings and substantial reductions in carbon emissions.
Paul and his team achieved great success forging close and productive relationships with organisations across Scotland’s public sector, including the Scottish Government, local authorities, the NHS, universities and colleges, as well as companies large and small, across all sectors of industry and commerce in Scotland. Engagement and impact has been achieved through individual energy efficiency, carbon reduction and sustainability projects and also through wider collaborative carbon management and energy and resource efficiency programmes, often focused on specific sectors. Paul has also led dedicated programmes for Scotland’s SMEs.
Under Paul’s leadership a number of significant milestones have been reached, including implementation by client organisations in Scotland of projects which in total will achieve cost savings worth £400m and over 3m tonnes of CO2 emissions. Paul also led the development and implementation of the highly successful SME Carbon Management programme in 2011-13, through which 70 small and medium-sized enterprises from across Scotland received expert guidance to develop a targeted plan for delivering energy saving and carbon reduction practices in their businesses. These plans take a strategic view of the business model and operations, establish current baseline CO2 emissions and related costs, assess risks and opportunities posed by climate change and develop a robust strategy to reduce the carbon footprint and associated costs over a 5-year period. In many cases this has brought significant financial savings.
In 2014-15 Paul has been programme manager for work in Mexico with the State Governments of Jalisco and Tabasco. This has transferred expertise, methodologies and tools developed over a number of years for the UK public sector. Applying a proven approach for strategic carbon management planning, along with some appropriate localisation, this programme is driving the implementation of energy efficiency measures in Mexico’s public sector, unlocking significant financial and carbon savings. The next phase is to apply a similar approach with selected Municipal Government organisations in Mexico, and also to explore ways in which the approach can be disseminated more widely across all of Mexico’s State Governments, and ultimately with their partners in other levels of government and in the private sector.
Paul joined the Carbon Trust in 2009, bringing 18 years of business experience in a variety of commercial and consultancy roles, in both large and smaller organisations. He has particular experience working in the tourism and hospitality sector.