Baroness Bryony Worthington

Executive Director, Europe


Areas of expertise:
Climate policy, carbon budgets, emissions trading and carbon markets, energy policy, fisheries management, clean energy technologies, European policy making and politics.

Bryony leads the European chapter of Environmental Defense Fund and is responsible for its management and development. She plays a critical role in the execution of our work program, which is currently focused on oceans, climate and energy.

Drawing from her varied experiences, Bryony elevates EDF’s voice in the European environmental debate and helps oversee our activities and partnerships in key countries.


Bryony was appointed a life peer to the British Parliament’s House of Lords in 2011. She is a leading expert on climate change and energy policy and carbon trading. She recently served as the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change in the House of Lords, leading on two Energy Bills for the Shadow Ministerial team. In 2006, Bryony helped launch a Friends of the Earth campaign for a new legal climate framework, which led to her selection as a lead author on the United Kingdom’s Climate Change Act. In 2008 Bryony then founded the Sandbag Climate Campaign, a group dedicated to scrutinizing the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme.

Bryony also worked for the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and worked for energy company Scottish and Southern Energy, advising them on sustainability issues.

Bryony became a UNICEF UK trustee in 2015.


  • Queens College, Cambridge, B.A. (English)

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