As the leading higher education institution in the Humber region, the University of Hull has a significant role to play in the transition to a Net Zero economy.
Working closely with industry, public authorities and government, the University is committed to developing a highly-skilled workforce of the future, which can help the Humber evolve from the highest carbon-emitting region in the country, to a hotbed of green innovation.
The Aura Innovation Centre (AIC), part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is a space for businesses to come together, featuring cutting-edge facilities, dedicated support and access to university expertise to progress low-carbon innovation. In parallel, the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) provides PhD scholarships to plug key skills gaps in renewables energy and engineering.
The University’s SparkFund offers low-carbon research and development grants, helping businesses invest in green technology and reduce carbon emissions. Invaluable business advice from dedicated Innovation Managers and grants of up to £100,000 each help companies develop and market new products, and also make operational changes to the way they run.
The University itself announced a vision to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2027, in time for its centenary anniversary. A ‘Living Lab’ will enable current students and staff to engage with the strategy, through research projects and campus activities.
Launched just 5 years ago with two people, the University’s Energy & Environment Institute (EEI) today has over 100 researchers, tackling some of the greatest challenges facing the planet. Global projects have been carried out in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, in Africa and along the Amazon River in South America, as well as research into environmental resilience and energy sustainability in the Humber Region.
Also part of the EEI portfolio is the University’s Flood Innovation Centre (FIC), which since 2019 has supported small and medium-sized businesses to develop new products and services to help with flood resilience.