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Patricia Thornley

Patricia Thornley

Director, Supergen Bioenergy

Professor Patricia Thornley has 28 years’ experience working on energy projects in industry and academia, (including around 20 commercial plants focused on risk management of advanced technology implementation). She regularly advises on issues related to bioenergy, has been Director of the UK’s Supergen Bioenergy Hub since 2012, and Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Biomass & Bioenergy since 2017. Her research interests focus on sustainability assessments of energy systems, evaluating the environmental, economic and social consequences of implementation pathways at the interface of the academic, policy and industrial communities. She is also an appointed member of Defra’s Tree and Woodlands Scientific Advisory Group and the UK Government’s Green Technical Advisory Group. In 2021 she was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Join Patricia in person at the following:

Biomass, Biochar and its' Role in Net Zero Plans

Evidencing sustainability of UK biomass

Thursday, 7 March at 11:10.

About this session:

With the National Audit Office asking the UK government to review how it monitors the carbon footprint of biomass power plants, and accusations of biomass greenwashing circulating in the media, Patricia Thornley will examine the evidence, providing context on the use of biomass and its potential to deliver sustainable benefits.






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