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The successful development and large-scale commercial production of alternatives to conventional transport fuels is a demanding challenge in a world faced with declining fossil fuel resources and the threat of global climate change. Biofuels, as liquid fuels derived from organic material generally referred to as biomass, are proposed as one possible answer to this challenge. However, their acceptability depends, crucially, on their ability to achieve real and significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Life cycle assessment has been adopted to determine the mitigation potential of biofuels. However, much misunderstanding and misinterpretation surrounds the use of this established technique.

This class provides the opportunity to learn about the essential aspects of life cycle assessment, in general, and the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions associated with biofuels, in particular. The class focuses on specific issues related to the evaluation of current biofuels, giving clear explanations of methodologies and illustrating points with examples from actual assessments. Future developments in this field are explored including the possible harmonisation of methodologies, the reduction of scientific uncertainties and the prospects for advanced biofuels.

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This class enables participants to address basic questions and to explore key issues related to the life cycle assessment of biofuels. As such, it is designed to be relevant to a broad audience ranging from government administrators, policy-makers and commercial decision-takers, development teams including engineers, economists, accountants and project managers, non-governmental organisation representatives, policy analysts, journalists, researchers, and life cycle assessment practitioners.

What will the class cover?

  • Introduction of Life Cycle Assessment
  • Elements of Life Cycle Assessment
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculations
  • Issues for Biofuels
  • Sources of Results for Biofuels
  • Effect on Results for Biofuels
  • Future Developments

About your workshop leader:

Nigel Mortimer is a Director of North Energy Associates Ltd. He has a BSc in Physics from the University of Manchester in 1973 and was awarded a PhD by the Open University for a thesis on the energy analysis of nuclear power in 1977. Between 1979 and 1985, he was involved in the energy analysis of the United Kingdom wave energy programme at Sunderland Polytechnic (now Sunderland University). In 1985, he joined Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) where he became the Head of the Resources Research Unit and held the Chair in Sustainable Energy Development. He helped to establish North Energy in 1991 and joined the company in 2004 where he manages a range of consultancy services including life cycle assessment. He has been engaged specifically by international agencies, government departments and private companies in the practical evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions for biofuels. He was a member of the Royal Society working group on "Sustainable Biofuels: Prospects and Challenges" and participated in the 2008 Gallagher Review on the indirect effects of biofuels. Currently, he is leading a team within North Energy into the study of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of advanced biofuels.

About North Energy Associates:

North Energy Associates Ltd is a private consultancy company which specialises in sustainable energy development. It has an established track record of assisting the practical application of energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy technologies in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The company provides complementary expertise through an experienced team for the inception, development and implementation of projects. Particular skills related to projects associated with the mitigation of global climate change include carbon management, greenhouse gas emissions calculation and life cycle assessment. Clients have included the European Commission, the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department for Transport, the Sustainable Development Commission, the National Non-Food Crop Centre, the Home Grown Cereals Authority, British Sugar plc, Northeast Biofuels Ltd and other private biofuel developers.

Workshop programme

13:00 Registration & Coffee

13:30 INTRODUCTION TO LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT

14:00 ELEMENTS OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT

14:30 GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION CALCULATIONS

15:00 ISSUES FOR BIOFUELS

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 SOURCES OF RESULTS FOR BIOFUELS

16:30 EFFECTS ON RESULTS FOR BIOFUELS

17:00 FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

17:30 Discussion and close of workshop

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