The Bioeconomy opportunity in the North of England

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North of England has potential to lead the UK's bioeconomy, government SIA finds.

In autumn 2015, the UK government announced regional science and innovation audits (SIAs) to catalyse a new approach to regional economic development. SIAs enabled local consortia to focus on analysing regional strengths and identifying mechanisms to realise their potential.

A consortium led by the University of York and including NNFCC, has showed that the North of England has the facilities, specialised research and innovation capability and industrial capacity to deliver a world-leading bioeconomy.

NNFCC Director Adrian Higson commented “the region is the home to some of UK’s leading bioeconomy companies including speciality chemicals company Croda, biomass based electricity generator Drax and bioethanol producer Vivergo Fuels. This industrial leadership, combined the with the region’s University strengths and support organisations such as the Biorenewables Development Centre and the Centre for Process Innovation presents a significant economic opportunity for the region.”

The consortium holds a vision of an integrated and innovation-driven product, process and service bioeconomy in the north of England, allowing the region to compete in the multi-trillion-pound global market for sustainable food, feed, chemicals, materials, consumer products and energy.

The audit reveals the north of England has particular strengths in chemicals, process industries, and in food and drink.  Food and drink represents around one-third of the regional bioeconomy and chemicals make up one-quarter. The region's strength in food and drink underpins the region’s bioeconomy which generates an annual turnover of £91 billion and employs more than 400,000 people.

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