The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has called on local businesses and council leaders in Humber to “seize the opportunity” and ensure the region leads the way on green energy. On a visit to Siemens Gamesa’s wind turbine facility at Green Port Hull, Sir John Armitt said green energy was already “a game-changer” for Humber as it continued to prove its potential in boosting the local economy and bring high-skilled jobs to the area. The region which is home to several major low carbon and renewables projects, including the Siemens Gamesa site, has already created over 1,000 jobs, with the sector estimating that offshore wind could support 27,000 jobs across the UK by 2030. The site provides blades for Orsted’s Hornsea One offshore windfarm, the world’s largest of its kind, which is located off the East Yorkshire coast and operated from Grimsby. In July, the NIC published its National Infrastructure Assessment – the first ever for the UK – which recommends that 50% of the UK’s electricity should come from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2030.
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