skip to navigation skip to content

How a carbon reduction tool won UN award


David Orr, a Visiting Associate at Cambridge Judge, wins the UN Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals Pioneer for Climate Mitigation award. 

How a carbon reduction tool won united nation award.

David Orr, a Visiting Associate at Cambridge Judge Business School, has won the United Nations Global Compact’s SDG Pioneer for Climate Mitigation award for promoting corporate sustainability. 

The award was announced during the UN’s Leadership Summit earlier this month, opened by the UN Secretary General.  

The SDG Pioneer programme honours company professionals who promote the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Other 2022 SDG Pioneers were for:

  • Climate Adaptation
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Digital Transformation
  • Circular Economy, Decent Work
  • Supply Chain Sustainability
  • Water Stewardship
  • Gender Equality
  • Sustainable Business Strategy. 

David Orr, Trade and Investment Account Leader at engineering and management company Mott MacDonald in the UK, was honoured for his work in carbon reduction efforts in Kenya and India through development of the 2050 Carbon Calculator tool. The tool is an energy model that determines how to decarbonise a region or country and develop evidence-based policies. 

The UN’s award announcement said that David plans to focus at Cambridge Judge on collaboration between industry and academia in responding to the climate challenge. 

“A major challenge is the language of sustainability itself”, he said. “Understanding and adapting sustainability language to suit specific markets and stakeholders is therefore crucial to secure their buy-in. If not, we risk delaying the transition to sustainability longer than necessary.”