Position: Senior Consultant
Panel: Life Cycle Assessments of Biogas Production
Lucy is a Senior Consultant at NNFCC. She has been working in the bioeconomy for 13 years, of which the last 5 have been at NNFCC. Lucy has a broad knowledge of the bioeconomy and her expertise is in industrial biotechnology (IB), anaerobic digestion (AD) and sustainability.
Lucy supports UK AD plants with regulatory compliance and maintains NNFCC’s UK biogas and biomethane greenhouse gas calculator, keeping up to date with regulatory developments including RED II. She also provides advice to potential investors and policy makers on biomethane markets, feedstocks, supply chains, digestate management and sustainability. As a fluent German speaker, Lucy also has a good knowledge of AD and biogas policy and technology in Germany and other German-speaking countries.
Lucy’s knowledge of carbon accounting goes beyond AD and she carries out life cycle analysis (LCA) for various biobased products, particularly those derived from IB. She is proficient in SimaPro LCA software and familiar with ecoinvent and other relevant lifecycle inventory databases.
Lucy has also carried out a range of market research projects on biotech-derived products such as muconic acid, itaconic acid and L-cysteine, as well as biomass-extracted polymers such as gelatine and latex.
Lucy has a special-interest area in innovative food and food ingredients, particularly when derived from biotech. This includes a focus on processing technologies used for making food and food ingredients, feedstocks and sustainability for innovative foods, and market issues around regulation and voluntary labelling schemes.
Prior to working at NNFCC, Lucy spent 6 years working in research in Austria, at the Austrian Centre for Industrial Biotechnology (acib GmbH) and BOKU University. Her research topics included C1 gas fermentation, enzymatic degradation of lignocellulose, anaerobic digestion, and the flow behaviour of fibre-rich slurries. Lucy has a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering from University College London (UCL).