Green energy hailed as 'game-changer' for the Humber by top advisor

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Mar 2019

Green energy has been hailed as a “game-changer” for the Humber by one of the UK’s top industry advisors.

Sir John Armitt CBE, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), visited Hull’s Siemens Gamesa blade factory on Tuesday to see first-hand the beating heart of the region’s renewable energy sector.

He said while the offshore wind sector had already brought skilled jobs and a much-needed economic boost to the region, there is still work to be done.

The NIC last year published its National Infrastructure Assessment – a document for the government which listed the biggest challenges facing industry up to 2050.

Sir John said: “Green energy is a game-changer for the Humber – and it’s already proving its potential to boost the local economy and bring high-skilled jobs to the area.

Sir John Armitt CBE visited the Siemens Gamesa blade factory in Hull this week (Image: Humber LEP)

“But as the Government’s recent offshore wind sector deal showed, we think this could go further and in our National Infrastructure Assessment the Commission has said that Ministers should aim for half of the UK’s electricity to come from clean sources by 2030.

“We encourage local leaders to continue to seize the opportunity for the region to be a key player in the production of renewables.”

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The trip, co-ordinated by the Humber LEP, included a high-level meeting with local business and council leaders to discuss local infrastructure priorities.

Sir John urged the group to “continue to seize the opportunity for the region to be a key player” in pursuing clean growth and producing renewables.

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The visit follows the launch earlier this month of the Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal, which outlined its ambition for offshore wind to provide a third of all UK electricity by 2030.

It also targeted the creation of around 20,000 new jobs in clean energy.

The Humber region is already home to several major low carbon and renewables projects, including the Siemens Gamesa site which has already created more than 1,000 jobs.

The site provides blades for Orsted’s Hornsea One offshore wind farm, the world’s largest of its kind, which is located off the East Yorkshire coast and operated from Grimsby.

Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber LEP, said: “Clean growth and renewable energy are at the heart of the Humber’s offer and central to our forthcoming Local Industrial Strategy.

“We have made a name for ourselves as the UK’s Energy Estuary and one of the key destinations in Europe for investors in this sector.

 “We’re now looking to build on this over coming decades to increase investment, jobs and skills whilst also lowering emissions.”

The Government is expected to publish its formal response to the NIC Assessment later this year, in the form of a National Infrastructure Strategy.

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