RenewableUK director to talk policy behind performance of Grimsby's offshore wind might

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 28 Jan 2019

POLICY behind the performance of the area’s emerging offshore wind industry will also be put into the spotlight as Emma Pinchbeck, Renewable UK executive director, is revealed as a keynote speaker.

The senior figure who leads on policy and communication in Westminster and wider, having worked across political, business and campaign spheres, will make her first public appearance in the operations and maintenance cluster at next month’s event.

Having joined the leading trade body and lobbying organisation from WWF, where she was head of climate change and energy, Emma previously worked in consultancy across the energy and financial sectors as well as for the Sustainable Energy Association.

She has described renewable energy as being on the cusp of a transformation, from being valued as key to the fight against climate change to also being recognised as the engine room of our economy. She firmly believes the technologies of the next industrial age must reach their potential – for business, for society, and for our planet.

Read more: Offshore wind project pipeline to be outlined by Innogy at major Grimsby event

Andy Goudie, chair of GRP, said: “We are pleased to announce that Emma will join us, and our prestigious industry panel and presenters at the GRP Conference on February 6.

“With new developments coming through and the next wave of investment in offshore wind energy getting underway, blue hip companies such as Innogy, MHI Vestas, Orsted, Siemens and their local supply chains are creating local opportunities, and we are keen to see new business and employment opportunities secured for the town, and to benefit our community.

“The conference presents an opportunity to engage in this process, and local enterprises are encouraged to book on quickly. We are working to create a world class renewables operations and maintenance hub here in Grimsby, and GRP is proud to lead and facilitate this, so book now, if you have not done so already!”

Tickets are available via Eventbrite, click here.

‘Revisit onshore wind’ appeal

A KEY figure when it comes to roadmapping a future for renewables, Emma Pinchbeck has been championing a sector deal for offshore wind, while urging the government to revisit onshore wind.

She has also warned about the impact a hard Brexit could have.

Read more: Offshore wind’s evolution on the agenda at Grimsby event

Following the latest Westminster votes, she said: “Leaving the European Union with no deal would jeopardise investment and jobs in the UK’s cutting-edge renewable energy industries.

“We are world leaders in wind and marine energy, building vital new capacity to keep the lights on while slashing carbon emissions.

“A disorderly exit from the EU risks disrupting supply chains and undermining our ability to continue to reduce costs to consumers.”

The industry is dominated by Danish and German technology and investment, with Grimsby and the wider Humber having attracted hundreds of millions of Euros in recent years, with billions ploughed into the near North Sea.

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