The BLC Leather Technology Centre are currently leading the way in creating renewable energy from waste and have received two prestigious UK grants to carry out research into biofuel production from leather waste.

Funded through the £20 million DTI Renewable Energy Programme, the projects will investigate the production of liquid transport fuels from solid waste generated during the leather manufacturing process. Renewable energy comes from continuously available sources, which do not rely on exhaustible fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas.

The projects are highly innovative and support the UK government’s strong commitment to renewable energy targets as outlined in the Energy white paper.

The research programme, which will involve collaboration with the UK tanning sector, will aim at demonstrating the commercial production and application of the fuels within two years.

For further information please contact Dr Victoria Addy on +44 1604 679953 or