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Caspar Donnison

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Based in

United States
North America

I am an environmental scientist and environmental economist, with a research focus on the role of bioenergy in substituting fossil fuels and in delivering carbon dioxide removal (CDR). My work includes land-use optimization modelling, where I map, quantify, and value environmental and social impacts of renewable energy technologies, particularly bioenergy. I also explore the social legitimacy of climate mitigation technology, and the locations and communities where they may be deployed.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Net Zero Behavioral action Agriculture

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Donnison, C.L., Murphy-Bokern, D. Are claims of climate neutrality in the
livestock sector too good to be true? (2023), Environmental Research
Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ad0f75

Delafield, G., Smith, G.S., Day, B., Holland, R.A., Donnison, C., Hastings, A., Taylor, G., Owen, N., Lovett, A. Spatial context matters: Assessing how future renewable energy pathways will impact nature and society (2023), Renewable Energy, 220. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2023.119385

Donnison, C., Trdlicova, K., Mohr, A., Taylor, G. A net-zero storyline for success? News media analysis of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in the United Kingdom (2023), Energy Research & Social Science, 102, 10353. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2023.103153

Freer-Smith, P., Bailey-Bale, J.H., Donnison, C.L., Taylor, G. The good, the bad, and the future: Systematic review identifies best use of biomass to meet air quality and climate policies in California, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 53, 9. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.13101

Donnison, C., Holland, R. A., Harris, Z., Taylor, G. Land-use change from food to
energy: meta-analysis unravels effects of bioenergy on biodiversity and
amenity (2021) https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac22be

Delafield, G., Donnison, C., Roddis, P., Arvanitopoulos, T., Sfyridis, A., Dunnett, S., Ball, T.,
Logan, K. G. (2021). Conceptual framework for balancing society and nature in net-zero energy transitions. Environmental Science and Policy, 125 (August), 189–201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2021.08.021

Donnison, C., Holland, R. A., Hastings, A., Armstrong, L., Eigenbrod, F., &
Taylor, G. Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS ): Finding
the win – wins for energy, negative emissions and ecosystem services –
size matters. (2020), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.12695

Dale VH, Kline KL, Parish ES, Cowie AL, Emory R, Malmsheimer RW, Slade R. Smith CT, Wigley TB, Bentsen NS, Berndes G, Bernier P, Brandão M, Chum HL, Diaz-Chavez R, Egnell G, Gustavsson L, Schweinle J, Stupak I, Trianosky P, Walter A, Whittaker C, Brown M, Chescheir G, Dimitriou I, Donnison C, Goss Eng A, Hoyt KP, Jenkins JC, Johnson K, Levesque CA, Lockhart V, Negri MC, Nettles JE, Wellisch M. GCB Bioenergy. Status and Prospects for Renewable Energy Using Wood Pellets from the Southeastern United States.
(2017), 9, 1296–1305, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12445

Scurlock, J. (ed.)., Hastings, A., Lindegaard, K., Smith, H., & Donnison, C. Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future (S. Peake (ed.); 4th ed.). Oxford University Press 2017. (Book chapter)