Dr Marguerite Renouf

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PhD (University of Queensland)

Bachelor of Science with Honours (Chemistry/ Environmental Management, University of Queensland)

Marguerite Renouf is a Senior Research Fellow (Circular Bioeconomy) at the QUT Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB). She is responsible for progressing research that quantifies the environmental performance and resource efficiency of bio-production and agri-food systems to support the strategic development of sustainable and circular production pathways for the future.

Marguerite trained as an industrial chemist and has worked in industry, consulting and research in Australia and overseas. Much of her research career over the last 20 years has been directed to evaluating environmental impacts and eco-efficiency opportunities for agri-based production systems (bio-fuels, bio-materials, food and beverages) using environmental life cycle assessment (LCA). She has also examined urban systems and the role of water for facilitating productive and sustainable cities, as a lead researcher with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.  Prior to that, she helped build the University of Queensland’s Working Group for Cleaner Production (now operating as the Eco-Efficiency Group), which developed eco-efficiency resources for manufacturing and service industries (food processing, metal industries, retail and tourism sectors).

Her achievements have included:

  • the development of novel self-assessment LCA tools for sugarcane and grape growing which are being used in Australia and France to inform more sustainable agricultural practices;
  • identification of eco-efficient pathways for bio-energy and bio-fuels from sugarcane, which has informed Queensland government policy on bio-fuels;
  • development of a framework for rating the water performance of urban development, which is informing development policy in some regions of Australia; and
  • eco-efficiency manuals for manufacturing sectors which have helped businesses to save money on energy, water, materials and reduce environmental impacts.

In her current role, Marguerite explores the changing role of agriculture for producing energy, chemicals, fuels, plastics as well as food and fibre, and the complex systems that need to be understood for sustainable innovation in this sector.  She also continues to contribute to the development of databases and guidelines to support the expanded use of this method in Australia for designing sustainable product supply chains. This involves collaboration with LCA researcher through the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (www.alcas.asn.au), of which Marguerite has been a past Board member and committee chair.


2020-current Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Agricultural and the Bioeconomy, Queensland University of Queensland

2018 – 2020 Senior Research Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland (UQ)

2016 – 2018 Overseas Fellowship, Ecole Supérieure d’Agricultures (ESA University), Angers, Pay de la Loire, France

2014 – 2016 Research Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, UQ

2009 – 2011 Lecturer, School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management, and Director, Cleaner Production Working Group, UQ

2002-2008 PhD candidate (part-time while raising a family), UQ


Environmental performance of agri-food and bioproduction systems:

Beauchet S, Rouault A, Thiollet-Scholtus M, Renouf, MA, Jourjon F, Renaud-Gentié C, (2019) Inter-annual variability in the environmental performance of viticulture: a case study in the Middle Loire Valley (France), International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 24(2): 253-265

Renouf MA, Renaud-Gentié C, Perrin A, van der Werf HMG, Kanyarushoki C, Jourjon F, (2018) Effectiveness criteria for customised agricultural life cycle assessment tools, Journal of Cleaner Production 179: 246-254

Renouf MA, Poggio M, Collier A, Price N, Schroeder BL, Allsopp PG, (2018) Customised life cycle assessment tool for sugarcane (CaneLCA)—a development in the evaluation of alternative agricultural practices, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 23(11): 2150-2164

Renouf MA, (2016) Greenhouse gas abatement from sugarcane bio-energy, biofuels and bio-materials. In: Sugarcane Based Biofuels and Bioproducts, O’Hara IM, Mundree SG (eds), Brisbane: John Wiley & Sons Australia

Miyake S, Smith C, Peterson A, McAlpine C, Renouf MA, Waters D,  (2015) Environmental implications of using ‘underutilised agricultural land’ for future bioenergy crop production, Agricultural Systems, 139, 180-195

Renouf MA, Grant T, Sevenster M, Logie J, Ridoutt B, Ximenes F, Bengtsson J, Cowie A, Lane J, (2015) Best Practice Guide for Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) in Australia. Version 2. Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS), (www.alcas.asn.au).

Cox K, Renouf MA, Dargan A, Klein-Marcuschamer D, Turner C, (2014) Environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) of aviation biofuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata, and sugarcane molasses, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 8(4): 579-593

Renouf MA, Pagan RJ, Wegener MK, (2013) Bioproduction from Australian sugarcane: an environmental investigation of product diversification in an agro-industry, Journal of Cleaner Production 39: 87-96

Miyake S, Renouf MA, Peterson AE, McAlpine CA, (2012) Land-use and environmental pressures resulting from current and future bioenergy crop expansion: A review, Journal of Rural Studies 28(4): 650-658

Renouf MA, Pagan RJ, Wegener MK, (2011) Life cycle assessment of Australian sugarcane products with a focus on cane processing, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 16(2): 125-137

Renouf MA, Wegener MK, Pagan RJ, (2010) Life cycle assessment of Australian sugarcane production with a focus on sugarcane growing, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 15(9): 927-937

Renouf MA, Wegener MK, Nielsen LK, (2008) An environmental life cycle assessment comparing Australian sugarcane with US corn and UK sugar beet as producers of sugars for fermentation, Biomass and Bioenergy 32(12): 1144-1155

Environmental performance of urban systems:

Renouf MA, Kenway SJ, Lam KL, Weber T, Roux E, Serrao-Neunann S, Low Choy D, Morgan E, (2018) Understanding urban water performance at the city-region scale using an urban water metabolism evaluation framework, Water Research, 137, 395-406

Renouf MA, Serrao-Neuman S, Kenway SJ, Low Choy D, Morgan EA, (2017) Urban water metabolism indicators derived from water mass balance – bridging the gap between vision and performance assessment of urban water resource management. Water Research 122, 669-677

Renouf MA, Kenway SJ, (2016). Evaluation approaches for advancing urban water goals, Journal of Industrial Ecology 21 (4), 995-1009