Towards net zero
Biotechnology research at Manchester is providing sustainable alternatives to answer the government's call to reach net zero.
The University's impact
Extracting and burning fossil fuels is an unsustainable practice.
Researchers at The University of Manchester have found a way to synthesis bio-propane and reduce our need for fossil-derived fuels.
A circular bioeconomy
Rising CO2 levels is one of the biggest climate challenges facing the world.
Research carried out at the Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub (FutureBRH), in partnership with Shell, has found ways to sequester CO2 into value-added chemicals and materials.
Towards sustainable aviation
With aviation responsible for around 5% of the global warming problem, sustainable fuel alternatives need to be found.
C3 Biotechnologies are working with partners in the USA and around the world to develop sustainable aviation fuel from agricultural and industrial waste.
Harnessing the UK's strength in biomanufacturing, FutureBRH specialises in developing innovative and sustainable pharmaceuticals, chemicals, materials and synthetic fuels.
Beacons of excellence
Biotechnology research beacon
The University of Manchester’s five research beacons are examples of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships.
We are at the forefront of a bio-industrial revolution. Fossil fuels have been the primary energy source for society since the Industrial Revolution. They provide the raw material for the manufacture of many everyday products that we take for granted including pharmaceuticals, food and drink, materials, plastics and personal care.
Global challenges, Manchester solutions
But our dependency can't continue. The combined effect of fossil carbon depletion and climate change means we must find cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy. Our research looks to tackle these challenges and provide solutions for our future.