Renewable energy conference celebrates region's top 'green' businesses

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Jan 2019

Key players in the region’s booming renewables sector have been celebrated at a ‘green’ conference in Hessle.

Green Port Hull, a hub launched six years ago to promote Hull & East Yorkshire as a world-leading centre for renewable energy, hosted the event at the ergo centre at the Bridgehead Business Park on December 19.

More than 200 delegates from green businesses across the region attended the event, which also saw accolades handed out to some of the pillars of the sector.

Among those commended were Mark O’Reilly, CEO at the Team Humber Marine Alliance, and GEV Wind Power, which collected an innovation award.

Mr O’Reilly, who received the Brand Ambassador gong for his work promoting the Humber’s renewables scene, said: “I have been involved with Green Port right from the start.

Finbarr Dowling of Siemens speaking at the event. (Peter Harbour)

“It is an amazing project. The team have been fantastic, and I am so pleased to be a part of that.

“The Humber is now seen very much as a blueprint for growing an ecosystem in offshore wind – I really do mean that.

“The Humber is in the spotlight at the moment, and we need to make sure that does not change.”

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Created for the event by award-winning local sculptor Saffron Waghorn, who designed the Amy Johnson moths sculptures, five self-titled ‘Portaliums’ were presented at the ergo centre.

Other recipients included GEV Wind Power – recognised for its growth through innovation and technology – and Goole-based TDL Wind, which was commended for its commitment to creating a low carbon supply chain.

The event was held at the ergo centre in Hessle. (Peter Harbour)

The final two accolades went to Enviromail, for its training and development opportunities, and Dr Kirsty Clode.

Dr Clode is chair at the Women into Manufacturing and Engineering, and said: “Before my current role I used to work for BP.

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“I have always wanted to get more women into engineering roles. It has been brilliant to see that ambition being matched by other companies in the region.”

Speakers at the Green Port event included Finbarr Dowling, project director at Siemens, and Emma Toulon, lead stakeholder advisor at Ørsted.

Dawn Hall, project manager at the Green Port Growth Programme, said: “We have just spent six years developing the Green Port Growth Programme, so we wanted to use the day to celebrate some of the achievements of companies, people, and organisations we have supported throughout that time.

“We’re very pleased to have played a small part in helping companies achieve their successes, and made as much as possible from the opportunities presented to them."

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