Developing and Testing a Next Generation Carbon Accounting Tool for Businesses

3 Year Industry-led Funded Phd: Ref. No. CGE 29

There are two different ways of assessing how much carbon is embodied in goods and services: the top-down environmental input-output approach and the more widely understood process-based lifecycle analysis approach. Neither of these are usually adequate on their own, and combining them in a ‘hybrid’ carbon accounting method is challenging. This project will develop and test a hybrid tool which is both practical to use and realistic in terms of the management information it delivers to businesses. This will entail integrating a new quasi-multiregional input-output model with more specific process-based lifecycle analysis into a business-friendly product, validating the results and testing the tool with real clients.

The successful applicant will be self-reliant, will be able to work directly with major corporate clients and will have advanced Excel skills, or the ability to acquire them quickly.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and Small World Consulting Limited (SWC). SWC has a leading reputation in delivering product and supply chain GHG metrics for organisations including BT, Apple, Booths, many other businesses, several city and county councils. SWC is currently advising CDP on its company supply chain engagement and assessment guidelines.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will receive £15,000 tax free per year, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth  £4,121/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085/year to £12,964/year), become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D, and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas. This post is subject to confirmation of European Union funding.

Application details

This project has now been recruited.