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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Francesco is Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town and Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, where he previously held the Chair of Sustainability Science and led the Resource Efficient Built Environment Lab (REBEL). His academic expertise lies in life cycle assessment, embodied and whole life carbon, and the circular economy.


Within the built environment his work revolves around low-carbon buildings, measurement, management and mitigation of environmental impacts, and passive design. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed outputs and advised national governments and international bodies around sustainability in the built environment. He holds a PhD in Life Cycle Assessment, and MSc in Engineering Management and a BEng in Industrial Engineering. Professor Pomponi is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Higher Education Academy. Currently is career is at the interface of academia, entrepreneurship and innovation, and non-profit organisations to create the trusted tools and data for the transition to a Net Zero built environment. 

Professor Francesco Pomponi
Professor of Sustainability Science at Edinburgh Napier University