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Green Chemistry features in Autumn Statement

Posted on 24 November 2016

Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence will provide vital research-enabled evidence in shaping the bioeconomy of the North of England announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement.

Researchers at York are a step closer to producing a biodegradable lubricant made from a new type of oilseed rape - one of many agri-tech projects conducted in the North.

The University, chosen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will lead a consortium of universities, research establishments, Local Enterprise Partnerships and industry to carry out a comprehensive Science and Innovation (SIA) audit of the bioeconomy of the North of England.

The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence is internationally-leading in conversion of low value or underutilised renewable resources in to sustainable chemicals, materials and fuels using green chemical technologies within the context of a biobased circular economy. The Centre is well-placed to provide key evidence through its fundamental research and strong industrial engagement with local and global businesses.

Director and Deputy Director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, Professor James Clark and Dr Avtar Matharu said “We are delighted to hear this news which also complements our activities within the Biorenewables Development Centre and Biovale. This news also coincides with our latest venture, RenewChem, which promotes development of sustainable chemical manufacturing using renewable feedstocks."


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