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AEA’s former knowledge leader and project director, John Huddleston, has been made an MBE for service to the environment in the 2012 New Year Honours.
John joined AEA’s energy and climate change practice in 1988. For over a decade, he led Ricardo-AEA’s work to advise Government on climate change agreements that have helped UK energy intensive businesses to improve their energy efficiency and cut their carbon emissions. Before that he was the technical manager of the industrial side of the Government’s Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme.
Last year John left AEA to concentrate on his passion as a silversmith, although he continues to follow developments with climate change agreements and maintains contact with his AEA colleagues.
Commenting in his local newspaper, the Abingdon Herald, John said: “I was amazed and delighted to hear of the honour. It was a real surprise.”
Heather Haydock, AEA’s Energy and Climate Change Practice Director, said: “The whole team congratulates John on this tremendous achievement. To be recognised in this way is a testament to John’s commitment to the environment and his exceptional work.”