The University of Manchester and Shell work to bring more sustainable chemical manufacturing to market

  1. Innovative Partnership: The University of Manchester and Shell Research Limited launch a £9 million+ Prosperity Partnership, SuCCEED, for sustainable chemical manufacturing.
  2. Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The project combines expertise from the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and Shell to scale up bio-based manufacturing.
  3. Environmental Impact and Goals: SuCCEED aims to transform the chemical industry, aligning with the UK’s clean growth strategy and global net-zero emissions efforts.

Innovative Partnership Boosts Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing

The University of Manchester and Shell Research Limited have embarked on a groundbreaking £9 million+ Prosperity Partnership, aiming to revolutionize the chemical manufacturing industry. This partnership, known as SuCCEED, is set to redefine how commodity chemicals are produced, shifting from traditional fossil-based feedstocks to more sustainable, bio-based methods.

Collaboration for a Greener Future

This initiative brings together an interdisciplinary team from the University of Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and Shell. Their collective expertise is focused on overcoming the challenges associated with scaling up bio-based manufacturing processes. The goal is to establish a scalable biorefinery proof-of-principle, which is a critical step in moving away from petrochemicals and reducing the environmental impact of chemical production.

Impact and Goals

The five-year SuCCEED project aligns with the UK’s clean growth strategy, aspiring to transform the chemical industry into a more environmentally responsible sector. The partnership is dedicated to leveraging industrial biotechnology to achieve sustainable manufacturing practices. This approach is not only crucial for reducing carbon emissions but also plays a significant role in the global effort to achieve net-zero emissions.

The Road Ahead

The collaboration between The University of Manchester and Shell is a testament to the increasing recognition of the importance of sustainable practices in the chemical industry. By focusing on innovative, bio-based solutions, SuCCEED aims to set a new standard for how chemicals are produced, emphasizing the need for environmental responsibility and sustainable growth in the sector.

As the project progresses, it is expected to provide valuable insights and developments that could potentially reshape the chemical manufacturing landscape, contributing significantly to global environmental goals.

“We will be unlikely to meet global net-zero targets unless we find more sustainable ways to make the chemicals we need for every-day life. The MIB has an excellent track record of fundamental research, and we’ve previously worked with Shell to discover and characterise new enzymes, so it was natural for us to partner in tackling sustainable commodity chemical production.”

Professor David Leys
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