Dr. Sinéad O'Keeffe



Department of Bioenergy
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig I Germany

in cooperation with:

Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum - DBFZ
Torgauer Straße 116
04347 Leipzig I Germany

Phone +49 341 2434-584
Fax +49 341 2434-133

Dr. Sinéad O'Keeffe

Professional experience

since 2011

Post-doc at the UFZ Department Bioenergy


Doctoral Research investigating, green biorefineries as an alternative use of Irish grasslands, under the Teagasc Walsh fellowship programme (Ireland) in collaboration with Wageningen University (the Netherlands)

2001 -2005

Bachelor in Environmental Science at the University of Limerick, Ireland


Selected Publications

O'Keeffe, S., Majer, S., Drache, C., Franko, U., Thrän, D. 2017. Modelling biodiesel production within a regional context – A comparison with RED Benchmark. Renewable Energy, 108, 355-370. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148117301106

Siebert, A., Bezama, A., O’Keeffe, S., Thrän, D. 2017 Social life cycle assessment indices and indicators to monitor the social implications of wood-based products. Journal of Cleaner Production. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652617303724

O’Keeffe, S., Wochele-Marx, S., Thrän, D. 2016. RELCA: a REgional Life Cycle inventory for Assessing bioenergy systems within a region. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 6(1), 1-19.http://energsustainsoc.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s13705-016-0078-8

O’Keeffe, S., Majer, S., Bezama, A., Thrän, D. 2016. When considering no man is an island—assessing bioenergy systems in a regional and LCA context: a review. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 21(6), 885-902. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11367-016-1057-1

Siebert A., Bezama A., O’Keeffe S., Thrän D. 2016 Social life cycle assessment: in pursuit of a framework for assessing wood-based products from bioeconomy regions in Germany The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment:1-12 doi:10.1007/s11367-016-1066-0.https://www.ufz.de/export/data/2/103728_Siebert%20et.%20al.2016Social%20life%20cycle%20assessment.pdf

Ponitka P, Arendt O, Lenz V, Daniel-Gromke J, Stinner W, Ortwein A, Zeymer M, Gröngröft A, Müller-Langer F, Klemm M, Braun J, Thrän D, O‘Keeffe S, Millinger M. 2015. Konversionspfade – zur energetischen Biomassenutzung im 21. Jahrhundert. In: Thrän, D.; Ponitka, J.; Arendt, O. (Hrsg.): Focus on: Bioenergie-Technologien. Leipzig 2015 – ISSN 2192-1156 (2015) ISSN: 2192-1156.https://www.energetische-biomassenutzung.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Downloads/Ver%C3%B6ffentlichungen/fh_technologie_web_small.pdf

Müller-Langer, F., Majer, S., O'Keeffe, S. 2014. Benchmarking biofuels--a comparison of technical, economic and environmental indicators. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 4(1), 20. http://energsustainsoc.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s13705-014-0020-x

Wochele, S., Priess, J., Thrän, D., O’Keeffe, S. 2014. Crop allocation model “CRAM” - an approach for dealing with biomass supply from arable land as part of a life cycle inventory. EU BC&E Proceedings 2014. ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, Florence, p. 36 - 40.

Müller-Langer, F., Gröngröft, A., Majer, S., O'Keeffe, S., Klemm, M. 2013. Options for Biofuel Production – Status and Perspectives. in: Transition to Renewable Energy Systems, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, pp. 523-553. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9783527673872.ch26/summary

O’Keeffe, S., Wochele, S., Thrän, D. 2013. Regional Bioenergy Inventory for the Central Germany Region. First International Conference on Resource Efficiency in Interorganizational Networks - ResEff 2013: November 13th-14th, 2013 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Papers. Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek.

O’Keeffe, S., Schulte, R.P.O., Sanders, J.P.M., Struik, P.C. 2012. II. Economic assessment for first generation green biorefinery (GBR): Scenarios for an Irish GBR blueprint. Biomass and Bioenergy, 41(0), 1-13.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0961953411006064

O’Keeffe, S., Schulte, R.P.O., Lalor, S.T.J., O’Kiely, P., Struik, P.C. 2011. Green biorefinery (GBR) scenarios for a two-cut silage system: Investigating the impacts of sward botanical composition, N fertilisation rate and biomass availability on GBR profitability and price offered to farmers. Biomass and Bioenergy, 35(11), 4699-4711.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0961953411006064

O’Keeffe, S., Schulte, R.P.O., Sanders, J.P.M., Struik, P.C. 2011. I. Technical assessment for first generation green biorefinery (GBR) using mass and energy balances: Scenarios for an Irish GBR blueprint. Biomass and Bioenergy, 35(11), 4712-4723.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0961953411003412

O’Keeffe, S., Schulte, R.P.O., Struik P.C. 2009. Alternative use of grassland biomass in Ireland: Grass for biorefiney. in: Alternative functions of grassland : proceedings of the 15th of the European Grassland Federation Symposium : Brno, Czech Republic, 7-9 September 2009 / edited by Bohumír Cagaš, Radek Macháč, Jan Nedělník.

Auswahl Präsentationen
O’Keeffe S, Siebert A, Bezama A, Thrän D. 2015. Sustainable Bioeconomy Regions getting the balance right? Poster presentation.Global Bioeconomy Summit 2015, bcc Berlin Congress Center – 25 to 26 November – Berlin, Germany.

O' Keeffe S, Majer S, Thrän D. 2015. RELCA a case study approach for assessing biodiesel chains on a regional level. Poster presentation. SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting, 3-7th May, Barcelona, Spain

O' Keeffe, S., Bezama, A., Thrän, D. 2014. RELCA an approach for assessing future bioeconomy chains on a regional level. First Bioeconomy Congress, Baden-Württemberg , 29-30.10.2014.

O' Keeffe, S., Majer S. 2014. What's your perspective? - Regional & spatial LCA's for biomass resources. Biomass for energy lessons from the Bioenergy Boom 24-25 November 2014, Leipzig.