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Head of Environment
“At AstraZeneca, Richard helped deliver a 20% reduction in carbon emissions in 3 years, two years ahead of schedule. His technical knowledge and ability to identify the strategically important amongst competing projects proved invaluable to this task”
VP Global Real Estate & Facilities Management
“Richard took the lead for sustainability in the AstraZeneca Real Estate Team. He brought his usual blend of strategic thinking and a grasp of the detail to the issue, and he prepared a well thought through sustainability strategy. Highly recommended.”
Director & Independent Consultant
RS4 Consulting Limited
(May 2014 - Present)
An independent consultant specialising in energy and carbon reduction strategy development. Able to draw on over 30 years of experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry with a track record of delivery. A very capable individual with the ability to work at all levels in an organisation. He has a real passion for the environment and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. He can prepare new carbon and energy strategies for global businesses, help set strategic targets, and review existing programmes. He is able to guide organisations through the maze of renewables options and he can advise on energy procurement including on-site generation.
Global Energy & Climate Change Director
(September 2011 - May 2014)
Developed the energy & carbon reduction strategy globally for AstraZeneca including Medimmune. Delivered a reduction in carbon emissions of 20% in just three years – two years ahead of target. During this period energy usage fell by 18% and the proportion of renewables used in the energy mix was increased. Reductions in emissions from travel and transport (car fleet, air travel and freight & logistics) were also achieved. An ambitious sustainability plan for a major $500m capital project was developed and approved.
Global Projects Director
(September 2010 - September 2011)
Project lead for the European Commercial property portfolio. Sustainability lead for Global Real Estate team. Developed a global sustainable property strategy including renewables and “green” leases.
Head of FM Strategy, Process & Capability (EMEA)
(July 2007 - September 2010)
Led the development of the Facilities Management (FM) strategy for the European (UK and Sweden) leadership team. The strategy when implemented delivered very significant savings in operational costs through better defined service level requirements, outsourcing where appropriate and headcount reductions. Improved business processes and performance reporting. Led the people development programmes. Improved engineering compliance at a major UK R&D site as legally responsible Site Engineer and member of UK Engineering Leadership Team
Education & Qualifications
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Climate Leadership Programme
(2012 - 2012)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
(1988 - 1988)
University of Bristol
BSc Mechanical Engineering
(1981 - 1984)
About Richard Sturman
Richard is passionate about improving environmental sustainability. He uses his business strategy experience to ensure that sustainability objectives are clear and understood at a senior level. He developed the energy strategy for AstraZeneca’s global business balancing the need to reduce energy costs, reduce CO2 emissions and improve security of supply. He has also devised the sustainability strategy for a new $500m site. Richard steered AstraZeneca to a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions in 3 years, together with an 18% reduction in energy usage. He has experience of energy procurement, renewable power purchase agreements and led the development of a 23MW CHP plant.