Humber's clean energy strategy could be agreed with government in 2019

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Mar 2019

An ambitious Humber industrial strategy which will map out the region’s future as a world-leader in clean energy is hoped to be agreed with government this year.

The plan is currently being put together by the Humber LEP, alongside businesses and councils across the estuary, with the aim of keeping the region at the centre of the UK’s offshore wind sector.

Last week, the offshore wind sector deal was released by the government, setting out targets to triple the number of people working in the industry, and to power a third of the UK’s electricity by 2030.

The Humber LEP was singled out in the sector deal as setting “a model example” of how to maximise skills and training opportunities in the offshore industry.

Lord Haskins of the Humber LEP

Read more: Offshore Wind Sector Deal to deliver MORE for the Energy Estuary

The sector deal also pledged the creation of a £250m Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, to invest in the UK’s supply chain.

It hopes to build on the success of regional programmes such as Green Port Hull and Growing the Humber.

The Humber LEP was not the only organisation singled out within the government document.

Read more: How the Humber's two biggest names in offshore wind see the Sector Deal

The University of Hull-led Project Aura was highlighted as bringing together a coalition of public and private sector partners to sustain the region as a global leader in offshore wind.

The Humber is in prime position to benefit from the further roll-out of offshore wind, with most of the seabed earmarked for the new zones located in the North Sea and within easy reach of the Humber ports.

Humber LEP chairman Lord Haskins with Councillor Stephen Parnaby and city council leader Councillor Steve Brady (kwoolhouse)

The sector deal specifically highlighted that “Local Enterprise Partnerships may build on the example set by the Humber LEP to maximise opportunities in the offshore wind sector by investing in specialist skills and business support…”

Read more: Lord Prescott says the Humber is poised to be at heart of 'next industrial revolution'

It added that Project Aura, which was established in 2016, is “an example of how a region can harness the industry, local enterprises, innovation providers and skills agencies, bringing the public and private sector together to promote regeneration and grow capability in the region."

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