Low carbon help for companies in the Black Country

Businesses are facing increasing pressure from customers to provide low carbon products and decarbonise their supply chain. It has been estimated that the UK low carbon economy could grow by an estimated 11% per year until 2030 – at a rate 4 times faster than the rest of the economy*.

In order to help businesses in the Black Country maximise opportunities in this thriving market, the Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University is offering one-to-one events specially designed to help companies develop new low carbon product and service innovations, as well as get value from a variety of waste material.

Manufacturing, engineering, waste management, construction, financial services, agricultural, packaging, as well as food and drinks industries amongst others, can all benefit from an exclusive low carbon challenge consultation with EBRI.

“There are all sorts of options”, says Tim Miller, EBRI’s Director of Engagement, “Redundant material such as food waste, cardboard boxes, plastic waste, sawdust, waste oils, manure, hay straw, sugar beet residue, spent grain waste from breweries are only a few examples of waste that could potentially open up fresh possibilities”.

He continues: “Not only can we support entrepreneurs looking to either develop new low carbon products and services or turn waste material into energy, we can also help business owners looking to maximise the sustainability and energy efficiency of their property and land developments”.

During a 30 minute-consultation session, EBRI will discuss the particular low carbon challenge that the company is facing so that its team of experts can then devise a bespoke summary of their recommendations, research findings and other useful information to help the business. This will be provided a few days later at no cost to qualifying companies**.

This autumn EBRI will be holding low carbon challenge consultation sessions on the following:

  • Agricultural Waste
  • Brewers, Vineries, Cider Makers & Distillers
  • Buildings & Sites
  • Food & Drink
  • Plastics
  • Wood & Cardboard

To book a slot interested businesses can email bioenergy@aston.ac.uk, visit https://bioenergy-for-business.org/help-available-this-autumn-low-carbon-challenge-consultations/ or call 0121 204 3383.


**Small and Medium-sized Enterprises located within the following West Midlands Local Enterprise (LEP) areas: Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, the Marches, and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

EBRI: The Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University delivers world-class bioenergy, bioproducts and energy systems research. It acts as a focus for international activities on scientific and technological aspects of biomass conversion and utilisation of products for renewable power, heat, transport fuels, hydrogen and chemicals.

Innovative research and development of bioenergy technologies has taken place at Aston University for over 40 years. In 2008, the University’s bioenergy research capabilities were joined together to create EBRI to deliver world-class research and technology development in bioenergy and energy systems.

EBRI’s role in society reaches beyond energy and bioproduct research and technology development – EBRI are also experts in working with SMEs and businesses to ensure others are able to benefit from their innovations. Through an unbiased technical knowledge and insight, coupled with an understanding and appreciation of the bioenergy, energy-from-waste, bioproducts and business marketplaces, EBRI are enabled to work to create commercial opportunities that will benefit society and create growth and prosperity within the West Midlands region, UK, Europe and beyond. The team offers a range of services and testing, designed to meet the needs of business and industry. EBRI lead, and are part of, many prestigious research projects and welcome collaboration opportunities with academia and industry.

European Regional Development Fund: This project part funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.