Louise Sunderland

Managing Principal

Louise Sunderland is managing principal within RAP’s European program, sharing responsibility for the overall direction and management of RAP’s work in Europe with the European Program Director. Louise is an expert in demand-side energy policies and energy justice, with 15 years’ experience working on energy efficiency, buildings decarbonization, energy pricing and energy poverty.

Louise leads our work in Europe on ensuring the energy transition benefits lower income and otherwise excluded households, supporting the whole team to fulfil this aim. She also leads RAP's ongoing work to support the introduction of minimum energy performance standards, which are regulations to improve the performance of existing buildings, both at European and national level. Throughout her career, Louise has worked closely with industry, the nonprofit sector and policymakers on clean energy transition policy development, most recently for the UK Green Building Council. She is an external expert for the European Commission and has served as an expert witness to provide evidence to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords. Before moving into the energy field, she spent her early career working in international development and community development.

Sunderland earned a master of science from Imperial College London in environmental technologies and received the BP Prize for Strategic Thinking. She also holds a master of arts and an undergraduate degree in English.