The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence prides itself in the development of core partnerships stemming from public understanding to networking on a global scale.  

It is the hub for a number of important networks that bring together academics, industrialists and other interested individuals and groups from around the world:



Food  Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemicals, Materials and Fuels ‌


COST 2013-2017

Research Team

Professor James Clark

External Collaborators

EU-wide network of research institutions and industrial partners across 30 European countries, with international links in Hong Kong and Brazil.


EUBIS (COST Action TD1203) is a network of researchers and industrial partners working together to advance research on the valorisation of food supply chain waste (FSCW) for the production of sustainable chemicals, material and fuels. The Green Chemistry Centre initiated the Action due to our expertise in clean technology and using waste as a resource, and as the grantholder the Centre is responsible for the organisation of the network. The network is based around four interconnected Working Groups (WGs):

  • WG1: Pre-treatment and extraction
  • WG2: Bioprocessing
  • WG3: Chemical processing
  • WG4: Technical and sustainability assessment/policy analysis.

Main Objectives

  • To provide an integrated alternative renewable source of carbon for the production of industrially relevant bio-derived chemicals, fuels and materials via the exploration of novel and advanced routes for food supply chain waste valorisation.
  • To bring about a critical mass of researchers and stakeholders to harness the potential of food supply chain waste (FSCW) as an alternative carbon source to produce commercially viable chemical commodities.
  • To interconnect technology hubs across Europe and beyond, overcome technological barriers, go beyond first generation organic waste reuse/recycling, and bridge gaps between academic disciplines and between academia and industry.
  • To identify major value-added products (chemicals, materials and fuels) to be produced from FSCW (product-driven biorefining) and to demonstrate the most promising FW valorisation processes at larger scale.

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MUSC (Manufacturing Using Sustainable Chemistry)

A joint venture between the UK’s largest chemical industry trade association (CIA) and the Centre with the goal of creating new supply chain partnerships for the production of green and sustainable products.

This will be of interest to chemical companies who are looking to develop new supply chain partnerships and are moving into greener product markets. These sectors include renewable feedstock suppliers, HPC, pharmaceuticals, paint & surface coatings, adhesives and fabric & furnishing producers. 

Researchers in the field of green & sustainable chemistry and sustainable technology will also find it of interest.



NORSC (Northern Sustainable Chemistry)

NORSC is an alliance between the Chemistry departments of Durham, Leeds, Newcastle and York Universities. This coalition seeks to enhance the combined research potential through collaboration to deliver research above and beyond the capability of individual departments from the member institutions.‌


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Green Chemistry Network (GCN)

The Green Chemistry Network (GCN) aims to promote awareness and facilitate education, training and practice of Green Chemistry in industry, commerce, central, regional and local government, academia and schools. The Network was initially established in 1998 by the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, with funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is now funded on a project-by-project basis. Prof. James Clark is the Non-Executive President of the GCN. The GCN is now a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered in England and Wales, No: 6879262).

The main aim of the GCN is to promote awareness and facilitate education, training and practice of Green Chemistry in industry, commerce, academia and schools. This will be achieved by:

  • Providing links to other organisations and government departments.

  • Organising conferences/ workshops and training courses.

  • Providing educational material for universities & schools.

  • Promoting public engagement in green chemistry and its importance in today’s society.

  • Providing information in an easy to understand form for retailers and consumers.

  • Newsletters and books with close links to the Green Chemistry journal

  • Running specific-themed projects targeting key areas and groups


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The Global Green Chemistry network was created following a gathering of leaders in Green Chemistry from India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in December 2013. We are closely affiliated with the York-based Green Chemistry Network with an inclusive, global focus. Our goal is to connect established and fledgling Green Chemistry Centres the world over, with an emphasis on: 

  • Networking and Conferences
  • Education and Outreach
  • Funding Opportunities: Fellowships, Travel and Research

 Map of members of the G2C2 network

More information can be found at:



The Network of Early-career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers (NESSE) is a global interdisciplinary support network of early-career scientists who are striving to tackle today’s environmental and energy challenges and help the move towards a more sustainable future. NESSE are a network of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and young professionals working in companies with interests in developing sustainable technologies.

By using this network members are encouraged to share knowledge and resources, forge collaborations, and find solutions towards making their research and its outcomes greener and more sustainable. In addition, the network helps promote the incorporation of sustainable science practices into graduate and undergraduate curriculum to ensure that the next generation is equipped with the tools required to solve environmental challenges in the future. The mission is to communicate the concepts of sustainable science to researchers and students of all levels and fields of study, as well as the general public.


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CO2Chem is an EPSRC Grand Challenge Network. CO2Chem brings together academics, industrialists and policy makers over a wide range of disciplines to consider the utilisation of carbon dioxide as a single carbon chemical feedstock for the production of value added products.

Network activities are geared towards the founding of strong cross-disciplinary research clusters that will lead research in this increasingly important area.

Although it was started as a UK network, CO2Chem quickly grew into an international network, currently our membership is 40% international and growing. CO2Chem is the largest worldwide carbon dioxide utilization network (CDU).

CO2Chem is free to join and provides networking opportunities, runs conferences and meetings, provides regular news and funding updates, publishes reports and creates informational videos, researches public perception of CDU and has a policy and advocacy role.

CO2Chem is co-chaired by Professor Mike North of the GCCE.

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