Arup’s Global Climate and Sustainability Leader, Paula Kirk, has been honoured with the NetZero Champion Award 2023 at the Towards NetZero Ireland Awards.

Established in 2022 to celebrate outstanding work in the journey to net zero, this accolade was presented in recognition of Paula’s strong international profile and significant contributions to embed sustainability at the heart of the built environment.

Based in Dublin, Paula works with clients worldwide on their transition to net zero, developing comprehensive and evidence-based strategies to reduce emissions and increase the resilience of our built environment to the effects of climate change.

Paula has extensive experience in developing and overseeing pioneering and practical low-carbon, climate-resilient solutions at local, city and international scale – ranging from policy development to net zero design. Before joining Arup, Paula led the Mayor’s London Energy Partnership, taking a methodical, solution-oriented approach to corporate issues in the sustainable energy sector.

Paula is passionate about promoting a holistic, sustainable design approach, embedding future climate scenarios and modelling, nature-based solutions and circular principles into projects.