As nations develop policies for low-carbon transitions, conflicts with existing policies and planning tools are leading to competing demands for land and other resources. This raises fundamental questions over how multiple demands can best be managed. Taking the UK as an empirical example, this paper critiques current policies and practices to explore the interdependencies at the water-energy-food nexus.
University of Manchester
Dr Paul Gilbert graduated with MEng in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sheffield. His research covers energy and emissions mitigation and material efficiency in a range of sectors including, renewable technologies, industry and international shipping. In particular, Paul uses life cycle assessment and techno economic assessments in his work. His current research includes developing a harmonisation approach to assess the environmental benefits of Energy Storage technologies, biomass gasification optimisation, assessment of alternative shipping fuels and a consequential LCA of BECCS systems. Paul is a senior lecturer in Climate Change Mitigation and a Chartered Engineer with over 20 publications. He is also a Co-Director of Tyndall Manchester for Operations.
- Life Cycle Assessment
- Techno Economic Assessment
- Circular economy, material efficiency
- Biomass and bioenergy
- International shipping
- Energy Storage and Solar PV
- Energy and transport policy
Welfle, A., Gilbert, P., Thornley, P., Stephenson, A., "Generating low-carbon heat from biomass: Life cycle assessment of bioenergy scenarios" (2017) Journal of Cleaner Production, 149, pp. 448-460. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.035
Welfle, A., Gilbert, P., Thornley, E., & Stephenson, A. (2017). Generating Low-Carbon Heat from Biomass: Life Cycle Assessment of Bioenergy Scenarios. Journal of Cleaner Production. . Publication link: ea637dce-2670-45a9-b552-c9a29948571a
Jones, C., Gilbert, P., Raugei, M., Mander, S., & Leccisi, E. (2016). An Approach to Prospective Consequential Life Cycle Assessment and Net Energy Analysis of Distributed Electricity Generation. Energy Policy. . Publication link: 01ade7f1-0f35-425a-9ba9-8a630bd2608f
Gilbert, P., Walsh, C., & Hodgson, P. (2016). The role of material efficiency to reduce CO2 emissions during ship manufacture: a life cycle approach. Marine Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.04.003. Publication link: 8b76150b-9fa7-48c5-8da7-fe59d9b4055e
Sharmina, M., Hoolohan, C., Bows-Larkin, A., Burgess, P. J., Colwill, J., Gilbert, P,Anderson, K. (2016). A nexus perspective on competing land demands: Wider lessons from a UK policy case study. Environmental Science and Policy, 59, 74-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.02.008. Publication link: 99b16160-fd5e-4a87-b2d1-02ad3219c262
Welfle, A., Gilbert, P., & Thornley, E. (2015). Greenhouse Gas Performance of UK Biomass Resources for Heat Bioenergy Pathways: Report for the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change. UK Department of Energy & Climate Change.. Publication link: f33f4544-5e3e-4a6e-85cb-92ef316411f6
Gilbert, P., Bows-Larkin, A., Mander, S., & Walsh, C. (2015). Technologies for the high seas: meeting the climate challenge. Carbon Management, 5(4), 447-461. DOI: 10.1080/17583004.2015.1013676. Publication link: 9029963e-6b56-47f1-a578-b9502d5501ad
Thornley, P., Gilbert, P., Shackley, S., & Hammond, J. (2015). Maximizing the greenhouse gas reductions from biomass: the role of life cycle assessment. Biomass & Bioenergy, 81, 35-43. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.05.002, 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.05.002. Publication link: 0c8a2e6d-a7d2-4d79-bc6d-5f58ec17eb94
Role at Council
Theme Co-ordinator: Water and Land.