Francesco Pomponi

francesco pomponi

Dr Francesco Pomponi PhD FRSA FHEA MIET MSc BEng

Associate Professor

Biography

I am an experienced sustainability academic with a passion for research-informed teaching. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities” and this is why my research focuses on the built environment.

An interdisciplinary engineer by training, with a PhD in Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Sustainability I have over 10 years' professional experience with buildings and construction. Since the completion of my doctorate in 2015, I have authored over 60 peer-reviewed international publications, and secured grants from the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the EU.

I created and lead the Resource Efficient Built Environment Lab (REBEL), which includes nine further people. My approach is grounded in academic rigour as well as societal relevance. I have done fieldwork in Central and South America, and South Africa while researching the transition to sustainable built environments in the Global South. My research expertise sits with life cycle and environmental impact assessment, circular economy, resource efficiency, embodied and whole-life carbon, and measurement, management and mitigation of the impacts of the built environment on the natural environment.

Before joining Edinburgh Napier, I worked from 2015-2017 at the University of Cambridge Centre for Sustainable Development as postdoctoral research associate on projects funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK, and the Newton Trust. I also worked as Visiting Researcher at Cranfield University on the EU FP7 CO3 project. I am a Fellow of the RSA of the HEA, and a member of the IET and the International Society for Industrial Ecology. I am keenly interested in linking life cycle thinking, the circular economy, and sustainable development, with a fervent enthusiasm in the harmonised combination of physical, social, and management sciences.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Expert review panel member for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (Approved Document B)
  • Expert Reviewer - CIBSE Technical Memorandum 65
  • Invited expert for International Energy Agency Policy Forum - Materials trends in Building Construction
  • Expert Meeting of the International Energy Agency - Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Royal Academy of Engineering - Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium: The Circular Economy - Invited Participant
  • Scientific Committee Member - CIBSE 2019 (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) Symposium
  • Adviser and Reviewer for the International Energy Agency report on "Material Efficiency in Clean Energy Transitions"
  • Scientific Committee Member for IALCCE (International Association for Life Cycle Civil Engineering) 2018
  • UK Representative and Expert Member - Annex 72 of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Co-author of the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Building Performance Evaluation
  • RICS Professional Statement - Whole life carbon measurement: implementation in the built environment
  • SEEDS (Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society) 2018 Scientific Committee Member

 

Conference Activity

  • Organiser of the RAEng funded Seminar on 'Post-disaster and Post-conflict Sheltering in Africa' (University of Cape Town)
  • Member of the scientific committee of the 34th International PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) Conference
  • Scientific Committee Member - CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018
  • Member of the organising committee of the 33rd International Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference
  • Chair of the Design for Sustainability Track - International Sustainable Development Research Society
  • Chair of the Carbon Accounting and Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings Forum - Passive and Low Energy Architecture
  • Organiser of the 1st National Symposium on Embodied Carbon

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editor - Special Issue Energies (MDPI): Carbon footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment
  • Editorial Board Member (Structures - Elsevier)
  • Editor of Sustainable Production and Consumption (Elsevier)
  • Lead Editor - Special Issue Structures (Elsevier): Sustainable structures: whole-life analysis, environmental impacts, and material efficiency
  • Lead Editor - Special Issue Sustainability (MDPI): Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts
  • Lead Editor for the Springer Nature book on 'Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Measurement, Management, and Mitigation'

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Construction Engineering Masters - Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, University of Cambridge (External Examiner)
  • Master's Degree IDBE (Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment), University of Cambridge

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Shortlisted for the Lord Moulton Medal (IChemE)
  • Winner (Design, Innovation & Creativity category) @ RISE Awards 2019
  • Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
  • Highly Commended CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Best Academic Paper Award
  • Winner of the Leeds Sustainability Institute for Contribution to the Field (Circular Economy in the Built Environment)
  • Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy)
  • Highly Commended CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Best Technical Paper Award

 

Grant Reviewer

  • EPSRC Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) - Grant Reviewer for Early Career Researcher Fellowships
  • European Science Foundation - Reviewer for Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • UKRC Peer Reviewer (Transforming Construction Network Plus - TCN+)
  • EPSRC Peer Reviewer (Responsive mode standard proposals)
  • Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) - Grant Reviewer
  • Invited Reviewer FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Invited reviewer for funding applications for Industrial Doctorates - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Reviewer for funding applications (Industry Fellowships) to the Royal Society

 

Invited Speaker

  • University of Cambridge - Guest Lecturer Future of the Built Environment
  • SICSA Annual Conference - Artificial Intelligence for Sustainability
  • Intensive postgraduate course on LCA and Uncertainty Analysis - Universidade de Campinas (Brazil)
  • Invited keynote - Opening Ceremony of the Sudanese Sustainable Building Council
  • Invited speaker: UK Green Building Council Event "Advancing Net Zero: next steps in holistic carbon reduction"
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor (RICS) CPD Day - Sustainable Construction and Building Materials
  • Festival of Research - Brighton Doctoral College, Early Career Researchers discussion panel
  • Guest Lecture on Embodied Carbon - Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, Bogota' (Colombia)
  • Embodied carbon in the built environment, Cambridge Architectural Research
  • Invited Keynote: Life Cycle Assessment in the Built Environment, Leeds Sustainability Institute
  • Invited speaker: Sustainable Construction - University of Brighton

 

Media Activity

  • Featured article on the BBC World Service website
  • Interviewed by the BBC World Service on Urban Heat Island

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examiner (University of Manchester)
  • PhD External Examiner - Aalto University [Finland]
  • PhD External Examiner (Cardiff University)
  • PhD [External Examiner] - Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

 

Reviewing

  • Invited Reviewer Elsevier book on "Sustainable Construction Technologies"
  • Invited Reviewer by the Italian Ministry of Education for the Scientific Quality of its Research
  • Reviewer for more than 40 internationally leading journals (including Nature) - full details at: https://publons.com/researcher/1552342/francesco-pomponi/peer-review/

 

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Whole-life embodied carbon in multi-storey buildings: steel, concrete and timber structures

Journal Article
Hart, J., D'Amico, B., & Pomponi, F. (2021)
Whole-life embodied carbon in multi-storey buildings: steel, concrete and timber structures. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 25(2), 403-418. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.13139
Buildings and the construction industry are top contributors to climate change, and structures account for the largest share of the upfront greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst a ...

Analysing the life cycle greenhouse (GHG) emissions of cities: decoupling density from tallness

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Saint, R., Arehart, J. H., Gharavi, N., & D'Amico, B. (in press)
Analysing the life cycle greenhouse (GHG) emissions of cities: decoupling density from tallness. npj Urban Sustainability,
The UN estimate 2.5 billion new urban residents by 2050, thus further increasing global greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and energy demand, and the environmental impacts cause...

A New Estimate of Building Floor Space in North America

Journal Article
Arehart, J. H., Pomponi, F., D'Amico, B., & Srubar III, W. V. (2021)
A New Estimate of Building Floor Space in North America. Environmental Science and Technology, 55(8), 5161-5170. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c05081
Floor space is a key variable used to understand the energy and material demands of buildings. Using recent datasets of building footprints, we employ a random forest regressi...

The greenhouse gas emissions of nuclear energy – Life cycle assessment of a European pressurised reactor

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., & Hart, J. (2021)
The greenhouse gas emissions of nuclear energy – Life cycle assessment of a European pressurised reactor. Applied Energy, 290, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116743
Nuclear energy contributes ~10% of the global electricity generation and different views exist on its carbon-intensity and sustainability. Context is crucial to determine the ...

A circular economy: where will it take us?

Journal Article
Hart, J., & Pomponi, F. (in press)
A circular economy: where will it take us?. Circular Economy and Sustainability, https://doi.org/10.1007/s43615-021-00013-4
The avalanche of environmental challenges, from local to global and back, has prompted responses at all levels from personal to inter-governmental. The results of these respon...

Carbon Sequestration and Storage in the Built Environment

Journal Article
Arehart, J. H., Hart, J., Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (2021)
Carbon Sequestration and Storage in the Built Environment. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 27, 1047-1063. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2021.02.028
The increasing interest in bio-based construction materials has resulted in the emergence of the concept of “buildings as a carbon sink”. Quantifying and comparing the effects...

Water, energy, and carbon dioxide footprints of the construction sector: a case study on developed and developing economies

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., & Stephan, A. (2021)
Water, energy, and carbon dioxide footprints of the construction sector: a case study on developed and developing economies. Water Research, 194, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.116935
Buildings and construction are major driver of anthropogenic environmental effects. While energy use and CO2 emissions of buildings and construction have been quantified, thei...

Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts

Book
Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (2020)
Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts. MDPI. https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03943-816-7

A Novel Method for Estimating Emissions Reductions Caused by the Restriction of Mobility: The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Li, M., Sun, Y., Malik, A., Lenzen, M., Fountas, G., …Luque Anguita, M. (2021)
A Novel Method for Estimating Emissions Reductions Caused by the Restriction of Mobility: The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 8(1), 46-52. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00764
The COVID-19 pandemic is the single largest event in contemporary history for global mobility restriction, with the majority of the world population experiencing various forms...

Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., & D’Amico, B. (2020)
Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts. Sustainability, 12(21), https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219189
Projected population growth and urbanization rates will create a huge demand for new buildings and put an unprecedented pressure on the natural environment and its limited res...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Experimental validation and in-situ monitoring of the operational performance of ventilated facades in Colombia
  • Quantifying embodied carbon reduction in buildings, University of Cambridge
  • Implementing Whole Life Carbon in Buildings (IWLCiB), University of Cambridge
  • Symposium on Computational Fluid Dynamics, UFV - Santander Universities
  • Life Cycle Assessment of double skin facade technologies for non-domestic refurbishments in the UK

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