Imperial College London

Dr Paul Balcombe

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Fellow



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10-12 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus





Paul is currently a research fellow at the Sustainable Gas Institute, leading the Methane and Environment Programme. Their research investigates the environmental and economic impacts associated with the natural gas supply chain and determining pathways to reduce these impacts.

Paul moved to the Sustainable Gas Institute from Manchester, where he achieved a first class degree in Chemical Engineering (MEng 2002 – 2006), attained chartered engineer status from his time in industry (2006 – 2010) and then completed his PhD (2010 – 2014). Using environmental life cycle analysis, process simulation and behavioural economic theory, his multi-disciplinary PhD was about how small-scale renewable energy technologies could contribute to meeting UK climate change and energy security targets.

Paul’s research interests involve the environmental, economic and technical assessments of energy industry to answer a number of key questions: how can we decarbonise our energy use whilst maintaining living standards; what role should fossil fuels have in decarbonisation targets; and how can energy policy help us to do this most effectively?



Staffell I, Scamman D, Velazquez Abad A, et al., 2019, The role of hydrogen and fuel cells in the global energy system, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:12, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:463-491

Cooper J, Balcombe P, Hawkes A, 2019, Life cycle environmental impacts of natural gas drivetrains used in UK road freighting and impacts to UK emission targets, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:674, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:482-493

Crow DJG, Balcombe P, Brandon N, et al., 2019, Assessing the impact of future greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas production, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:668, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:1242-1258

Cooper J, Balcombe P, 2019, Life cycle environmental impacts of natural gas drivetrains used in road freighting, Procedia Cirp, Vol:80, ISSN:2212-8271, Pages:334-339

Balcombe P, Brierley J, Lewis C, et al., 2019, How to decarbonise international shipping: Options for fuels, technologies and policies, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol:182, ISSN:0196-8904, Pages:72-88

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