Dr Jeremy Tomkinson

Jeremy Tomkinson was responsible for creating the remit and ethos of the Centre in 2003 along with Government, industry and academic representatives.

Jeremy is an accomplished business professional with over 18 year’s consultancy and research expertise in the bio economy. He provides specialised and critical advice to the UK Government on the use and implementation of biofuels specifically advanced biofuels, along with a growing portfolio of national and international clients in the biofuel and biomaterial sectors.

Jeremy has proven expertise in the adaptation of strategic bioeconomy drivers into business benefits, and has developed a wide range of projects with commercial clients.  In particular 2nd generation biofuel technology assessments using thermal and biological transformations, gasification, pyrolysis to liquid and gaseous fuels, biomass to FT liquids, lignocellulosic sugar and syngas fermentation to bioethanol, alternative alcohols and platform chemicals. He has developed very close working relationships with the main Government Departments in the UK and Germany associated with energy, fuels and the environment

Jeremy is the Chair of the ERANET Bioenergy Sustaining the Future (BESTF3) assessment panel who allocate EU wide demo level funding for leading demonstration projects for bio materials; he was also Chair for the BESTF 1 and 2 calls in Berlin and London.  Jeremy is also President of the European Renewable Resources and Materials Association (ERRMA) who promote the use of sustainable biomass with the EU chemicals industry and the EU Commission. Jeremy was also a member of the UK Department for Transports Biofuels Strategy Group and an invited member of the Transport Energy Task Force that recently reported to the Minister on future transport adaptations.  Jeremy is also a member and ‘expert’ of the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBIJU) platform which is a new €3.7 billion private public partnership between the EU and the bio based industries consortium

Jeremy is goal oriented business professional with over 18 years’ consultancy and research experience.  He has managed a team of over 40 scientists, 30+ at postdoc level with multimillion pound research and admin budgets.  He has written many proposals for work at a national, EU and international level and has an excellent track record of delivering complex projects to targets on budget and within deadlines. Jeremy holds a PhD from the University of Newcastle in organic chemistry and prior to joining NNFCC he was Director at the Bio Composites Centre which is a multi-million pound self-funding research institute focusing on renewable materials and products.  

Recent projects

Retained consultancy for Ethanol producer (ongoing)

Jeremy is the NNFCC lead on this long term consultancy contract for 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

Biofuel certification (2016)

Jeremy was the NNFCC lead on this non standard biofuel certification project for ​a multinational fossil fuel client wishing to supply biofuel into the European market.  The project required an in depth EU and UK policy analysis and developed a critical value chain path from feedstock suppliers ​through conversion to final customers.  The project ​registered all of the current (and future) supply / value chain players with competent scheme body, ISCC; and organized all of the necessary audits in the US, UK and EU which were all passed successfully.  Fuel is now moving to the UK with new opportunities being followed up in Eastern Europe.

Large scale biomass gasification project (2015)

Jeremy was the NNFCC lead in this large scale biomass gasification project undertaken in collaboration with ETI and Royal Dahlman. NNFCC had responsibility for ensuring greatest value for money was delivered to companies and stakeholders.  The project involved identifying optimal regional residual waste arising’s and contract discussions with providers, assessment of site geography candidates and discussion and finalising agreements with site owners.

Bioliquids feedstock analysis (2014)

Jeremy was the NNFCC lead in this project for UK Governments Department of Energy and Climate Change.  The project ​assessed a wide variety of deployable bioliquids for heat only applications.  The project was complicated as many of the potential candidates could also be precursors to biofuels and needed to ​assess where each feedstock would be best deployed.  The project involved detailed chemistry assessments and land sustainability issues.

Syngas as a fermentation Feedstock (2014)

Jeremy was the NNFCC lead in this project for a UK technology developer ​looking at and developing the value proposition of using biosyngas to replace food based sugars in biotech fermentation projects. The project required a deep understanding of the EU and UK RED policies in addition to a robust technology knowledge. The project assessed ​value propositions including potential payments and offsets between the RO (CfD) and the RTFO plus cap and opex considerations for conversion and generation of the gaseous feedstocks.

Policy contributions

  • Building a high value bioeconomy: Opportunities from Waste. HM Government 2015
  • HOUSE OF LORDS Science and Technology Select Committee 3rd Report of Session Verbal and written evidence 2013–14 Waste or resource? Stimulating a bioeconomy
  • Invited Member of the Transport Energy Task Force  2014-2015 - report to Minister March 2015 on transport biofuels trajectories to 2030 
  • President of ERRMA (European Renewable Resources & Materials Association) – Brussels endorsed by DG Enterprise and DG Environment 2008 – present
  • Member of the Technology Strategy Boards (Innovate UK) Resource Efficiency Advisory Board 2011- present
  • Chair of the independent assessment panel for the ERA NET BEST F and BESTF2 panels working alongside DECC and TSB 2012 – present 
  • Bioenergy Strategy Board Member 2010-2012 DECC   - Assisted in the development of the UK’s Bioenergy Strategy  
  • Member of Anaerobic Digestion Task Group (Defra) 2009 – 2011 
  • Member of Biofuels Strategy Board DfT 2007-2009 
  • UK Biomass Strategy Board Member 2006-2007 Defra, DfT, DTI – Cross departmental board developing the industrial use of biomass within the RED ​