Diane Emerson - Business in the Community

Diane Emerson

Climate and Sustainability Leader, UK, India, Middle East and Africa region,

Circular Economy Taskforce

Diane Emerson is the Climate & Sustainability Leader for Arup in its UKIMEA Region, leading a team focused on addressing some of our most significant global challenges including the climate emergency, biodiversity crisis, and social inequality.  A Chartered Environmentalist, she specialises in sustainability and environmental management, working with client organisations to bring corporate structure and ambition across the public and private sector.

Diane’s role is deeply client facing, whether that be engaging with a national power company in Georgia, running workshops with senior stakeholders for one of the largest property developers in the UK, meeting ministers from both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland to about the future role of rail in decarbonisation, or meeting farmers and landowners to discuss the complex agendas of nature conservation, agriculture, climate and economic viability.

Diane’s journey to understanding the challenges and opportunities of a circular economy originates in the world of waste minimisation and, over two decades, has moved through the spectrum of resource efficiency and industrial symbiosis, to a more holistic perspective of a circularity.  A particular focus for her is when the principles of a circular economy are applied as part of an organisation’s strategic decision making, working across the value chain from policy, finance and design to procurement, operations and logistics, to identify lost value under business-as-usual operations and helping to inform strategic proposals.

About BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce

Each area of work BITC undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce brings together a group of senior executives committed to delivering a high impact programme to bring the circular economy to life.

The Taskforce supports BITC’s Environment Leadership Team, who are helping business drive innovation that turns the threats of the climate emergency into opportunity for people and nature.

Find out more about BITC’s work on the environment.