In April 2008, Regional Development Agency One North East appointed the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) as the deliverers of a £1.7m project to ensure the successful implementation of the Regional Strategy for Transport Biofuels. A key project partner will be NEB.
The North East has a vision of becoming an internationally significant hub for the biofuels industry, accessing national and world markets and supported by a world class hinterland of local supply for feedstock. The regional strategy is focussed on 3 key areas:
- Building critical mass in the supply chain
- Ensuring the region is welcoming and supportive to biofuels investments
- Providing strong leadership and a high profile for the region
Key to delivering a successful strategy will be NEB's experience and expertise in the region's integrated infrastructure, transport and storage facilities. In addition, the supply side will draw upon global markets, underpinned by a local catchment area of high yield farming conducted according to world best practice. We are also seeking to develop the biorefinery concept here in North East England.
NEB works closely with NEPIC in making the strategy relevant and effective for the North East region and also in securing projects which are both beneficial to the supply chain and to NEB cluster development activity. Some recent examples include:
- Working with the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) on developing the biofuels Now website www.biofuelsnow.co.uk
- Commissioned an evidence based paper on the food and fuel debate
- Input into the regional Grower Network (oilseed rape and wheat)
- Projects and initiatives to the Regional Strategy Board
NEPIC and NEB have compiled a DVD which details existing investments in biofuels and renewable activity in North East England. It also highlights the region researching into advanced technology projects that seeks to help deliver UK targets set out under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).