Francesco Pomponi

francesco pomponi

Prof Francesco Pomponi PhD FRSA FHEA

Professor

Biography

Francesco joined Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) in 2017 from the University of Cambridge as Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019, and Professor in 2021.

He holds the Chair of Sustainability Science , and also heads the Resource Efficient Built Environment Lab (REBEL). His academic expertise lies in life cycle assessment, embodied and whole life carbon, and the circular economy. Within the built environment his work revolves around low-carbon buildings, measurement, management and mitigation of environmental impacts, and passive design. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and secured in excess of £1.5M in funding from the EPSRC, the Royal Academy of Engineering, UKRI, Innovate UK and the EU. He is an Editor of Elsevier’s Sustainable Production and Consumption and editorial board member of several leading international journals.

Outside academic work, Francesco has acted as advisor and peer-reviewer for the International Energy Agency (IEA), for which he also represents the UK within the Annex 72. He has reviewed for the IPCC, LETI, CIBSE, and a number of other national and international bodies. In 2017 he contributed to the landmark RICS professional statement on whole life carbon in the built environment and in 2020 he led and co-authored the embodied carbon roadmap for Scotland.

Francesco is an elected Steering Committee Member of the UK’s Whole Life Carbon Network, a Fellow of the RSA and of the Higher Education Academy, and is available for consultancies and to hear from motivated and talented prospective PhD students.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Expert Reviewer for the European Standard EN 15941
  • Expert Reviewer for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report - WGIII
  • Expert reviewer for the European Standard EN 17672
  • Expert Reviewer - CIBSE Technical Memorandum 65
  • Expert review panel member for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (Approved Document B)
  • Invited expert for International Energy Agency Policy Forum - Materials trends in Building Construction
  • 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
  • Expert Meeting of the International Energy Agency - Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Adviser and Reviewer for the International Energy Agency report on "Material Efficiency in Clean Energy Transitions"
  • UK Representative and Expert Member - Annex 72 of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Scientific Committee Member for IALCCE (International Association for Life Cycle Civil Engineering) 2018
  • Co-author of the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Building Performance Evaluation
  • SEEDS (Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society) 2018 Scientific Committee Member
  • RICS Professional Statement - Whole life carbon measurement: implementation in the built environment

 

Conference Organising Activity

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

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editor - Special Issue Energies (MDPI): Carbon footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment
  • Editorial Board Member (Structures - Elsevier)
  • Lead Editor - Special Issue Sustainability (MDPI): Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts
  • Lead Editor - Special Issue Structures (Elsevier): Sustainable structures: whole-life analysis, environmental impacts, and material efficiency
  • Editor of Sustainable Production and Consumption (Elsevier)
  • 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)
  • Winner of the Leeds Sustainability Institute for Contribution to the Field (Circular Economy in the Built Environment)
  • Highly Commended CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Best Academic Paper Award
  • 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
  • UKRC Peer Reviewer (Transforming Construction Network Plus - TCN+)
  • Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) - Grant Reviewer
  • EPSRC Peer Reviewer (Responsive mode standard proposals)
  • European Science Foundation - Reviewer for Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Invited reviewer for funding applications for Industrial Doctorates - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Invited Reviewer FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Reviewer for funding applications (Industry Fellowships) to the Royal Society

 

Invited Speaker

  • COP26 Cities, Adaptation and Resilience Roundtable at the British Academy
  • One Works - Industry training event on embodied carbon
  • Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership - Embodied and whole life carbon lecture
  • London Climate Action Week - Sustainable Wood for Cities
  • 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)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor (RICS) CPD Day - Sustainable Construction and Building Materials
  • Invited speaker: UK Green Building Council Event "Advancing Net Zero: next steps in holistic carbon reduction"
  • Invited keynote - Opening Ceremony of the Sudanese Sustainable Building Council
  • Festival of Research - Brighton Doctoral College, Early Career Researchers discussion panel
  • Guest Lecture on Embodied Carbon - Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, Bogota' (Colombia)
  • Invited Keynote: Life Cycle Assessment in the Built Environment, Leeds Sustainability Institute
  • Embodied carbon in the built environment, Cambridge Architectural Research
  • Invited speaker: Sustainable Construction - University of Brighton

 

Media Activity

  • Interviewed for a piece on Urban Planning
  • Sustainability Professor to help VC Climate Tech Fund
  • Interview (Carbon Brief) for the article: ‘Construction fever’ responsible for one fifth of China’s CO2 emissions
  • Interviewed by the BBC World Service on Urban Heat Island
  • Featured article on the BBC World Service website

 

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

 

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Beyond recycling: an LCA-based decision-support tool to accelerate Scotland's transition to a circular economy

Journal Article
Salemdeeb, R., Saint, R., Pomponi, F., Pratt, K., & Lenaghan, M. (2022)
Beyond recycling: an LCA-based decision-support tool to accelerate Scotland's transition to a circular economy. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 13, Article 200069. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcradv.2022.200069
Resources and waste strategies have recently seen a shift in focus from weight-based recycling targets to impact-driven policies. To support this transition, numerous decision...

Special issue on Sustainable Structures: Whole-life analysis, environmental impacts, and material efficiency

Journal Article
D'Amico, B., & Pomponi, F. (2022)
Special issue on Sustainable Structures: Whole-life analysis, environmental impacts, and material efficiency. Structures, 38, 225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2022.02.010

Environmental benefits of material-efficient design: a hybrid life cycle assessment of a plastic milk bottle

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Li, M., Saint, R., Lenzen, M., & D'Amico, B. (2022)
Environmental benefits of material-efficient design: a hybrid life cycle assessment of a plastic milk bottle. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 30, 1044-1052. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2022.01.028
Over a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, 20,000 every second. While there is agreement that single-use plastics should be phased out, records o...

Size matters in a Circular Economy: a practical framework applying Futures Literacy to support Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Conference Proceeding
Weigend, R., Viero, G., Schindler, T., Guadarrama, G., & Pomponi, F. (2021)
Size matters in a Circular Economy: a practical framework applying Futures Literacy to support Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). In Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference, International Sustainable Development Research Society (696-718
The Circular Economy (CE) is conceived by many as paramount to decouple economic growth from environmental impacts and resource depletion. Implementing this economic paradigm ...

Life cycle assessment of 61 ducted gas heating upgrades in Australia

Journal Article
Peukes, I., Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (in press)
Life cycle assessment of 61 ducted gas heating upgrades in Australia. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-04-2021-0052
Operational energy use in buildings, accounts for 28% of global energy demand. One method to reduce operational energy is upgrading old appliances to more efficient ones. In A...

Enhancing the practicality of tools to estimate the whole life embodied carbon of building structures via machine-learning models

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Luque Anguita, M., Lange, M., D'Amico, B., & Hart, E. (2021)
Enhancing the practicality of tools to estimate the whole life embodied carbon of building structures via machine-learning models. Frontiers in Built Environment, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2021.745598
The construction and operation of buildings account for significant environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy demand, resource consumption and wa...

Decoupling density from tallness in analysing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of cities

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Saint, R., Arehart, J. H., Gharavi, N., & D'Amico, B. (2021)
Decoupling density from tallness in analysing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of cities. npj Urban Sustainability, 1, https://doi.org/10.1038/s42949-021-00034-w
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...

Emissions assessment of bike sharing schemes: The case of Just Eat Cycles in Edinburgh, UK

Journal Article
D’Almeida, L., Rye, T., & Pomponi, F. (2021)
Emissions assessment of bike sharing schemes: The case of Just Eat Cycles in Edinburgh, UK. Sustainable Cities and Society, 71, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.103012
Transport accounts for 40 % of global emissions, 72 % of which comes from road transport, and private cars are responsible for 60 % of road transport emissions. In cities, sel...

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 ...

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...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Experimental validation and in-situ monitoring of the operational performance of ventilated facades in Colombia
  • Implementing Whole Life Carbon in Buildings (IWLCiB), University of Cambridge
  • Quantifying embodied carbon reduction in buildings, 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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