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Prof Xiaoyu Yan

News - 2020



28 November 2020

Yang has just published the first paper from her PhD - “Energy-food nexus in the marine environment: a macroeconomic analysis on offshore wind energy and seafood production in Scotland”. We found that from a macroeconomic perspective, offshore wind farms have a negative, but limited, effect on seafood production sectors while having a positive impact on the economy overall and benefiting lower income households. Well done Yang!


06 October 2020

Yang has successfully defended her PhD entitled “Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy on Seafood Sectors: A Macroeconomic Perspective of the Energy-Food Nexus”. Many congratulations Dr Yang Qu!


30 July 2020

Emily has successfully defended her PhD entitled “Integrating marine ecosystem services into macroeconomic modelling” and started working as an Economist at the Innovate UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Many congratulations Dr Emily Stebbings!


1 July 2020

Xiaoyu is leading a new project CLIP: Circular and Low Impact Processed Food, funded by European Regional Development Fund through the Agritech Cornwall programme led by The Cornwall College Group/Duchy College. CLIP will develop a carbon impact assessment tool for processed foods, using the Cornish Pasty as a pilot. We will work with processed food manufacturers in Cornwall to develop a freely available tool that can help the industry better understand and ultimately improve the environmental performance of their products.


1 May 2020

Xiaoyu is involved in a new project to find Europe’s green technology metals. The four-year project ‘GREENPEG’ has received a grant of €8.3 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to develop new techniques to explore for pegmatite rocks containing lithium and other green technology metals. The consortium consists of 13 partners from 8 European countries, including universities and exploration and mining companies. The University of Exeter team, which will receive nearly €780k, is led by Ben Williamson with Frances Wall, Camborne School of Mines and Xiaoyu Yan, Engineering, supported by post-doctoral researchers Kate Smith and Rob Pell.


17 April 2020

A team from the 4E group just published a new paper “V Kouloumpis, RS Pell, ME Correa-Cano, X Yan. Potential trade-offs between eliminating plastics and mitigating climate change: An LCA perspective on Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles in Cornwall. Science of the Total Environment 2020;138681”. The paper came out of research as part of the circular economy plastics project ExeMPLaR and found that simply substituting plastics by other materials could potentially result in higher carbon emissions, depending on regional and local waste infrastructure and management practices as well as consumer recycling behaviours.


2 April 2020

Xiaoyu just published a new paper “X Yan*, K Corbin, R Burton, DKY Tan. Agave: A promising feedstock for biofuels in the water-energy-food-environment (WEFE) nexus. Journal of Cleaner Production 2020;261:121283” with colleagues at the Universities of Sydney and Adelaide in Australia. The paper highlights the possibilities for bioethanol production in semi-arid Australia from agave, a high-sugar succulent plant widely grown in Mexico to make tequila, causing minimum pressure on food production and water resources and performing better than current biofuel feedstocks such as corn and sugarcane on carbon footprint. The paper is freely available for 50 days.


6 March 2020

Emily just published the first paper from her PhD “The marine economy of the United Kingdom”, together with a number of colleagues at PML. The paper defines a systematic approach to quantifying the UK marine economy and found the marine economy accounts for a much larger proportion of the UK economy than previously thought, comprising an estimated 8.1% of GVA and 6.1% of output. Excellent work Emily!


26 January 2020

Xiaoyu just published a new paper “Daily Global Solar Radiation in China Estimated from High‚Äźdensity Meteorological Observations: A Random Forest Model Framework”, together with a number of collaborators across China.


1 January 2020

Xiaoyu published a new paper “Detecting and understanding synergies and co-benefits of low carbon development in the electric power industry in China”, together with collaborators at Fudan University.