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University showcases renewables expertise to UN Climate Change Conference

11 November

Renewables research and innovation will be showcased by the University of Hull to a global audience at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech.

University showcases renewables expertise to UN Climate Change Conference

The conference, COP22, is being held just days after the Paris Climate Agreement entered into force and aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.

The University forms part of the British presence, organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT), and will present in the UK Green is GREAT Pavilion at 10am on Monday 14 November.

Former Deputy Prime Minster Lord John Prescott, European negotiator for the Kyoto climate change agreement and Fellow of the University’s Logistics Institute, will join Professor Amar Ramudhin, Executive Director of the Institute, and David Wells, Business Development Manager (Energy and Environment), as part of the University delegation.

Prof Ramudhin said:

In the light of recent events such as Brexit and the US election, it is crucial that we commit to sharing our expertise in sustainable logistics and offshore wind energy, to help developing nations cut their emissions.
We are delighted that the Humber is leading the way in renewable energy. We have three of the world’s largest wind farms on our doorstep and companies such as Centrica, Siemens, Res Offshore, E.ON and Dong Energy are already established in our region. Siemens is operating a blade assembly plant for wind turbines upwards of 6MW.

Professor Amar Ramudhin, Executive Director of the Logistics Institute

The Humber region has invested more than £7.6bn in off-shore wind energy and is fast-becoming a global leader in renewable energy.

Providing expertise in research, development and innovation, the University of Hull has been collaborating with GreenPort Hull, Siemens and others, to train highly qualified professionals in the area and to undertake supply chain research to drive down the cost of renewable energy. 

The University, which has been also been working with Universiapolis, the International University of Agadir in Morocco or a year, will present on the collaboration for carbon reduction using renewable energy. The discussion at the conference will focus on how developed countries could work with emerging countries to help them develop a move away from a carbon intensive economy.

The University will present on its research and partnerships at the conference which is attended by a high-profile audience of senior policy makers, government officials, businesses, scientists and academics – all focusing on global solutions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The Morocco conference aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the temperature rise this century significantly below two degrees Celsius.

David Wells said:

Helping developing countries cut emissions is a focus of global concern. At the University, we are building on our existing research expertise and collaborating with academic colleagues around the world to tackle this important issue.
Morocco is already investing heavily in renewables. It has opened a solar farm, and like the Humber, is investing in wind technology. We have been working with the Universiapolis for more than a year addressing carbon emissions in agriculture. Our other work within the renewables sector includes our specialisation in offshore wind, impact assessment of large scale renewable energy developments and helping the industry develop health and safety standards.
Studying the feasibility of such systems and devising an incentive framework will position Morocco as a leader in this area and is in line with the government’s strategy when it comes to renewable energy.

Dr Aziz Bouslikhane, President of Universiapolis, said:

Our university has always tried to contribute proactively to the strategic initiatives of our country. Morocco has prioritised the environment in the development of a sustainable green economy. It is making its place in the international community as evidenced by the hosting the COP22 conference in Marrakesh. Our collaboration with the University of Hull is a step in this direction.

The Logistics Institute at the University of Hull is internationally recognised for research into supply chain operations, retail and management.

In addition to its work on renewables, the Institute is working in conjunction with the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Logistics and Supply Chains, to produce an innovative report on the impact of the Internet of Things(IoT).

The University of Hull is ranked in the top 3% in the world by the Times Higher World University Rankings.

Download the UK Pavilion at COP22 brochure.

Download Economic and Environmental Impact of Irrigation Systems: A Case Study of Souss-Massa-Draa Region in Morocco.

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