UK Government official visits University of York AD centre

A senior official from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) visited the University of York on 3 February to discuss its anaerobic digestion (AD) research.

Tamara Finkelstein visited the university’s Department of Biology to find out about its partnership with Yorkshire Water to develop AD processes.

Professor James Chong greeted the Permanent Secretary and started with a tour of the research facilities at the Centre for Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion (CEAD). Finkelstein also met with vice-chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery, to hear more about the BioYorkshire Initiative.

CEAD is part of a £1.2 million (€1.4 million) project that enables greater understanding of the processes behind AD. BioYorkshire is a 10-year project which brings together scientists and industry experts from the University of York, Askham Bryan College and Fera Science. It aims to transform Yorkshire into the UK’s hub for green innovation and enterprise.

Finkelstein was also briefed on other CEAD-related activities at York, including the Biorenewables Development Centre, the Circular Malton and Norton Biogas Plant, and other water monitoring technology.

“I’ve been really interested in AD research and wanted to find out more about some of the partnerships and incentives around this area,” said Finkelstein. “It’s been absolutely fantastic and completely fascinating and I’m grateful for everybody’s time today.”

Professor James Chong commented: “It’s been amazing to have the opportunity to talk with Defra about our research into optimising resource recovery from wastes.

“Through our partnerships with companies like Yorkshire Water, we are able to adapt our research and results so that they can be rapidly deployed in the real world and contribute to the UK’s net-carbon zero goals.”

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