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Growing a dynamic green economy across York and North Yorkshire.

The North of England already has the facilities, specialised research and innovation capability, and industrial capacity to deliver a world-leading bioeconomy based on crop science, agri-tech and industrial biotechnology.

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor, University of York.

Delivering green economic growth

BioYorkshire will deliver a bold new green agenda to create jobs, boost the regional economy - and develop sustainable solutions for some of the UK’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Led by the University of York, Askham Bryan College and Fera Science, the project will harness scientific expertise to develop bio-based supplies of fuel, chemicals and materials. It will also work with the region’s farmers and agricultural industries to drive innovation while enabling more productive and sustainable crop production and land use.

The project will also support the region’s ambitions to become one of the first in the UK to be carbon negative. Read more about the project

Project aims

  • Create 4,000 highly skilled jobs
  • Support over 800 bioeconomy start-ups and spin outs by 2030
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 2.8 million tonnes
  • Generate £5bn for the north of England by 2030

Why Yorkshire?

We’re home to scientific expertise, a vibrant farming sector and key industries.

What will BioYorkshire do?

New facilities will offer training and a test bed for new green products and processes.

Why BioYorkshire matters

The project aims to boost the region’s post-Covid economy, while sourcing green solutions to environmental challenges.


  • Professor Ian Graham, Director, BioYorkshire
  • Dr Andrew Swift, CEO, Fera Science
  • Dr Tim Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer and Principal, Askham Bryan College