Ambitious green revolution is launched to kick-start the region’s post-Covid economy

20 October 2020

A 10-year plan to transform the region into the UK hub for green innovation and enterprise has been launched by the University of York and a consortium of partners.

The plan – which has been given the backing of local and regional MPs – aims to “level-up” the North of England, generating 4,000 skilled jobs as the country rebuilds its economy in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

BioYorkshire would help tackle some of the world’s major economic and environmental challenges and contribute to the region’s overall ambition to become the nation’s first carbon negative region.

Photo credit – Biorenewables Development Centre

The project harnesses the expertise of scientists and industry experts and is led by the University of York, Askham Bryan College and Fera Science Ltd.

BioYorkshire’s vision is to propel the region into growing a vibrant and dynamic bioeconomy – using renewable, biological resources to create greener products which minimize waste and reduce our reliance on fossil fuel.

The University of York’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery said: “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.

“BioYorkshire’s unique partnership will co-ordinate and further develop these capabilities and resources to create a major economic opportunity for the region. We can deliver fundamental changes to the way we live, not only here in the north of England but globally.”

The project draws on the innovative work already underway at BioYork, a University-led initiative.

Visit Bio-Yorkshire HERE

A Plan to Reshape our Economy

Following on from our vision launch for a greener, fairer, stronger economic recovery for YNY, the LEP has worked with all LAs and partner organisations region-wide to develop a plan to reshape the region’s economy in order to address the challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic.

Read the full Plan to Reshape our Economy here.

Impact of the plan on reshaping the economy will be measured by successful delivery against the 10 pledges. Read the pledge stories on our news page here.


Join us on Friday 6 November for our annual conference.

Held online for the first time, the conference will focus on a Greener, Fairer, Stronger vision for reshaping the York & North Yorkshire economy and how we can work together to achieve this. 

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