Michael Goldsworthy is a Senior Consultant at NNFCC. He
joined the company in 2012 after completing a PhD at Exeter University in
collaboration with Royal Dutch Shell researching advanced biofuel production in
bacteria. Michael has a broad knowledge covering a range of different
biorenewable industries, though takes a particular interest in the biofuels
Michael is regularly involved in project feasibility
assessment for clients across the fuel and energy sectors, performing market
analysis, sustainability appraisal and policy due diligence. He additionally
provides clients with interpretation of, and strategic guidance on, technical
subject matters such as Indirect Land Use Change.
Michael has an extensive knowledge of UK and EU policy
approaches to evaluating biomass sustainability. He has conducted several
studies for the UK Government to evaluate the potential impacts that regulatory
changes to sustainability assessment would have on industry stakeholders. He has
also developed a range of bespoke carbon calculators and modelling tools to enable operators to demonstrate compliance with relevant sustainability
criteria, including NNFCC’s Biomethane
and Biogas Carbon Calculator.
Michael has been involved in a range of industry working
groups, including the Department for Transport’s ‘Transport Energy Taskforce’
and LowCVP’s ‘E10 Group’. He also regularly attends meetings of the REA’s
Renewable Transport Group and the LowCVP’s Fuel Working Group.
Michael is a certified
ISCC auditor and APM project manager.
Retained consultancy for Ethanol producer (ongoing)
Michael is a key contributor to this long term consultancy contract for a 1st generation ethanol producer. The project deals with all aspects of current ethanol operation including;
- Policy advice and forward trajectories
- GHG optimisation and foot printing for C&S recording and annual returns to the RTFO unit
- Assisting with the development of the Communications strategy and generation of a wide stakeholder base
- Assist in house R&D development and assessment of 3rd party R&D results for business impacts
Biomethane and Biogas Carbon Calculator
Michael is the lead developer on NNFCC's Biomethane and Biogas Carbon Calculator. The calculator
enables AD operators to simultaneously model the carbon emissions of each feedstock
consignment in AD plants producing a range of outputs, including, heat, power
Comparison of UK and EU
approaches to assessing sustainability of solid and gaseous biomass (2016)
Michael was a key contributor to this sustainability assessment. The study was commissioned by DECC to compare and contrast
methodologies and standard data adopted in OFGEMs Solid and Gaseous Biomass
Carbon Calculator to those included in the JRC’s ‘Solid and gaseous bioenergy
pathways: input values and GHG emissions’ report, based on sustainability
guidance recently published by the EU Commission.
use of organic wastes as feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production (2015)
Michael was a key contributor to this report on organic waste for ethanol production. The study was commissioned by a multinational waste handling
company to provide technical advice on opportunities for producing cellulosic
ethanol from waste-derived sugars.
The Potential for Forest-Based
Industrial Biotechnology in Scotland (2015)
Michael was a key contributor to this strategic biorefining project. NNFCC were commissioned by Scottish Enterprise,
Chemicals Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland to assess what
opportunities might be available to exploit the Scottish Forest resource as a
feedstock for the bio-based chemicals sector.