MAKING NORTH YORKSHIRE THE FIRST CARBON NEGATIVE REGION IN THE UK.

TOGETHER. 

 
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4,000

Highly Skilled Jobs

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£1.4bn

Boost To The Local Economy

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2.8 Million

Tonnes of CO2 Emissions Reduced

 

What is BioYorkshire?

BioYorkshire is a ten year programme that will accelerate the translation and application of research discoveries into full scale biotechnology applications. It will use the region’s world class science base to deliver the profitable bio-based production of chemicals, materials, and fuels. The project will also support net-zero food production, farming and wider land use practices. 


The ambitious programme - an innovative public-private partnership - includes the University of York, Fera Science, Askham Bryan College and a range of private sector partners. Together, it will transform the UK’s bioeconomy through an ‘end to end’ programme going from world class research through to translation facilities to study the application of this research, then a network of specialised business incubators, training and skills and entrepreneurial support to create and grow companies to commercially produce the industrial and consumer products from the research.

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Powering the economy

BioYorkshire will act as a centre of gravity for the north of England and wider UK for the bioeconomy, and become a beacon for the UK to attract inward investment in new, productive, bio-based businesses with high-growth export markets.

 

We estimate that innovation and skills developed through BioYorkshire will add around £1.4bn in GVA to the UK economy, creating 4,000 jobs across Yorkshire and the UK.

George Freeman, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation speaking at a visit to BioYorkshire

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Improving the environment

BioYorkshire will be part of the UK’s first carbon negative region whilst also delivering profitable and sustainable technologies to transform the region extending to the industrial clusters in Humberside, Teesside and the wider North of England. 

The project will help drive a new era of bio-manufacturing and farming, reduce carbon emissions and actively contribute to the UK’s Net Zero ambitions. It will reduce 2.8 million tonnes of CO2e annually, while reducing UK waste to landfill by 1.2 million tonnes per year.

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Boosting innovation

BioYorkshire is an innovative public-private partnership - including the University of York, Fera Science, Askham Bryan College and a range of private sector partners.

Together, it will transform the UK’s bioeconomy through an ‘end to end’ programme going from world class research through to translation facilities to study the application of this research, then a network of specialised business incubators, training and skills and entrepreneurial support to create and grow companies to commercially produce the industrial and consumer products from the research.

 

“The development of a powerful innovation ecosystem in the UK, as proposed by BioYorkshire, would provide highly collaborative environment which could help to drive ambitions in productive net-zero food, feed and farming. The benefits of the public and private sector in rising to these challenges, combined with the expertise BioYorkshire would produce, would be substantial”. Syngenta

 

Why York and North Yorkshire?

As well as scientific expertise, York and North Yorkshire is well placed to lead the way in bio innovation, hosting national headquarters of many of the UK's largest food and drinks processing businesses, which are key to the production of valuable organic waste-feedstocks.


The region is also steeped in farming traditions and expertise with agricultural businesses accounting for more than 60 per cent of land use.

And with two National Parks, the Yorkshire Coast and City of York, our world-renowned historic and cultural assets shape our urban spaces, whilst the scenic beauty of our vast rural landscape and northern coastline define North Yorkshire as one of world’s most recognised regions. 
 

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