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.
Role at Tyndall
Paul is a part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and a co-ordinator of its Water & Land research theme. Paul Gilbert is a lecturer in climate change, sustainability and project management within the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester and contributes to undergraduate/postgraduate teaching on carbon management, sustainable waste management and project management.
Role at Council
Theme Co-ordinator: Water and Land.
- Biomass and bioenergy.
- International shipping
- Energy and transport policy
- Emission and carbon accounting
- life cycle assessment
- Carbon management
- Circular economy, material efficiency
Paul joined the University of Manchester in 2009 as a Research Associate on the EPSRC SuperGen Bioenergy Consortium. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering on 'innovative biomass technologies' at the University of Sheffield - understanding the effects of tar reduction in biomass gasification.
Paul has previously worked under the EPSRC Supergen Bioenergy consortium exploring the environmental impacts associated with a range of bioenergy systems from heat and power to bio-chemical production. He has since expanded his research profile to international shipping. Using emission accounting approaches Paul investigated the scope for unilateral policies to reduce the UKs share of international shipping emissions and; explored radical step-change mitigation of shipping emissions. Taking a more investigator based role through his lectureship position, he recently completed a project examining the competitiveness of the UK chemical industry in response to reducing its carbon emissions. In 2013 Pauls research will continue on international low carbon shipping research (EPSRC: Shipping in changing climates) and will explore the feasibility of wide-scale deployment of photovoltaic cells in the UK (EPSRC: WISE-PV). Paul has published diverse interdisciplinary research through peer-reviewed articles, policy reports, responses to Government inquiries, opinion pieces and conference papers.
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