Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Fellow



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Dr Onesmus Mwabonje is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP). He has combined academic and industrial experience in application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to supply chains for biofuels, bioenergy and biorefineries to both UK and EU policy requirements. He is currently working on the EU Calculator project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 with an overall aim of developing pathways towards the decarbonisation and resilience of the European economy in the time-frame 2030-2050 and beyond. In addition, he also manages the BESTER project, an ERA CoBioTech initiative funded by BBSRC. Dr Mwabonje co-managed the Bio-SuccInnovate project sponsored by Climate KIC. The objective of the Bio-SuccInnovate project was to ensure that Succinic acid produced using lignocellulosic feedstock is assured through the use of robust quantitative assessment criteria based on specified supply chains including GHG emissions reductions and broader Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) indicators. Dr Mwabonje Co-leads the Energy and Climate Research Theme at CEP and also the Life Cycle Network that aims at connecting life cycle-related researchers at Imperial and beyond. He is an experienced LCA practitioner, expert in assessing feedstocks for biomass and biofuels energy technology options. He has conducted feasibility studies for renewable energy installations for various clients in the UK and has substantial international experience in managing projects for clients in the USA, Kenya and South America.



Ni Y, Mwabonje ON, Richter GM, et al., 2019, Assessing availability and greenhouse gas emissions of lignocellulosic biomass feedstock supply - case study for a catchment in England, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Vol:13, ISSN:1932-104X, Pages:568-581

Chandra VV, Hemstock SL, Mwabonje ON, et al., 2018, Life cycle assessment of sugarcane growing process in Fiji, Sugar Tech, Vol:20, ISSN:0972-1525, Pages:692-699

Patel MK, Bechu A, Villegas JD, et al., 2018, Second-generation bio-based plastics are becoming a reality – Non-renewable energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of succinic acidbased plastic end products made from lignocellulosic biomass, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Vol:12, ISSN:1932-104X, Pages:426-441


Ni Y, Mwabonje O, Richter GM, et al., Integrating Miscanthus into Arable System to Secure Sustainable Feedstock Supply for Lignocellulosic Succinic Acid Production, 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE)

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