Rachel Waugh


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Rachel Waugh MEng PhD
Senior Consultant

Rachel joined us in 2013 following the submission of her PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge, from where she also holds an MA in Manufacturing Engineering.

Rachel has a background in resource and process efficiency, and is expert in material flow and carbon analysis. She has experience of working with industrial consortia and producing written reports based on their outputs. Her PhD explored ways to achieve a 50% reduction in annual CO2 emissions in the global steel and aluminium industries; she co-authored the paper Options for achieving a 50% cut in industrial carbon emissions by 2050 which looked at how to reduce emissions in the concrete, paper and plastics sectors.

Impressively, she contributed to the book Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open which Bill Gates placed on his top five books to read in 2015. The book focuses on the five materials that account for more than half of the world's industrial carbon emissions (steel, cement, paper, plastic, and aluminium): Rachel’s expertise was invaluable in the sections on steel and future energy use and emissions. As Gates says in his blog: "The book's message is clear and convincing: We can't go on using materials the way we have been for the past 150 years, but fortunately, we don't have to. We can meet the world's growing need for the stuff of modern life, avoid the worst effects of climate change, and preserve the environment for future generations."

For Oakdene Hollins, Rachel is helping to drive forward our remanufacturing networks through the Centre for Remanufacturing & Reuse (CRR) and the Conseil Européen de Remanufacture (CER).


Rachel Waugh specialises in the following areas:

Raw Materials & MetalsCircular EconomyInnovative Technologies & Materials