Monday 18th March 2013
4pm to 5pm
C 5.1 Ellen Wilkinson Building
By Dr Patricia Thornley, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester
Bioenergy has a significant role to play as part of the UK’s renewable energy future. This presentation will consider different types of bioenergy systems (for heat, electricity and transport fuel) and examine whether or not renewable bioenergy can also be considered to be sustainable when we take into account not only the environmental, but also the social and economic dimensions of sustainability.
Patricia Thornley is a chartered physicist with 20 years experience working in bioenergy projects in industry and academia. She is director of the UK’s £4.5M EPSRC funded SUPERGEN Bioenergy project, which aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the challenges of developing sustainable bioenergy solutions for the UK. She is based at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester and her research interests are in evaluating the environmental, social and economic impacts of bioenergy implementation, but she has particular expertise in life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions and energy policy development.