Paul Gilbert

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.

Research Interests

  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Techno Economic Assessment
  • Circular economy, material efficiency
  • Biomass and bioenergy
  • International shipping
  • Energy Storage and Solar PV
  • Energy and transport policy

Selected Publications

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

Further publications:

Role at Council
Theme Co-ordinator: Water and Land.


Contact information


Phone: +44 (0)161 306 3845

Postal Address
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL United Kingdom

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