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?



Balcombe P, Speirs J, Johnson E, et al., 2018, The carbon credentials of hydrogen gas networks and supply chains, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:91, ISSN:1364-0321, Pages:1077-1088

Speirs J, Balcombe P, Johnson E, et al., 2018, A greener gas grid: What are the options, Energy Policy, Vol:118, ISSN:0301-4215, Pages:291-297

Balcombe P, Brandon NP, Hawkes AD, 2018, Characterising the distribution of methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the natural gas supply chain, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol:172, ISSN:0959-6526, Pages:2019-2032

Balcombe P, Anderson K, Speirs J, et al., 2017, The Natural Gas Supply Chain: The Importance of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Vol:5, ISSN:2168-0485, Pages:3-20

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