Jo Howes has extensive experience in the sustainable energy sector gained at E4tech and BP Biofuels. She began working at E4tech in 2002, and now leads our work on energy policy and innovation. She has a broad knowledge of energy and environment policy and regulatory issues, with deep expertise in biofuels and bioenergy. Jo has worked on numerous strategy and policy projects, covering bioenergy, low carbon transport, novel technologies, estimates of future technology and market potential, lifecycle greenhouse gas methodologies, and innovation systems. From 2011 to 2014, she was a Strategy Advisor at BP Biofuels, responsible for managing emerging issues in policy, sustainability, and technology, as well as developing strategy and advising on EU regulatory affairs, including being a member of the steering group of the European Biofuels Technology Platform.
Jo previously worked with the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), writing their briefing note ‘Prospects for a hydrogen economy’. Jo holds degrees in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge and in Environmental Technology with Energy Policy from Imperial College. She has also studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and at the University of Cape Town and has worked in Thailand. She speaks English, French and Portuguese.