The University of Hull is to work with partners at the Universities of York and Teeside University on a £5 million project to develop the bioeconomy across Yorkshire and the Humber region and the Tees Valley.
The bioeconomy uses renewable, biological resources from the land and sea such as plants, such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy.
The aim is to create greener products for the future – reducing our reliance on fossil resources and minimising waste.
As part of a new collaboration, the Teesside, Hull and York – Mobilising Bioeconomy Knowledge Exchange (THYME) project will build on the existing knowledge and innovation in the region.
The project is part of a multi-million pound investment to drive university commercialisation across the country through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund (CCF).
In partnership with regional industry, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the wider community, the THYME project has three key themes: Transform; Convert and Grow.
The project is being led by the University of York will be delivered in partnership with the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) and BioVale.
Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull said: “This project builds on our expertise in the bioeconomy, particularly on aspects of environment, biofuels and renewable energy, as well as the political and legal aspects of the wider circular economy.
“The shift away from a fossil-based economy to a bio-based circular economy will result in major benefits for the environment, for human health and for the wider UK economy – this region is well placed to drive that change.”