University showcases renewables expertise to UN Climate Change
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Renewables research and innovation will be showcased by the
University of Hull to a global audience at the UN Climate Change
Conference in Marrakech.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Dr Aziz Bouslikhane, President of
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
The University of Hull is ranked in the top 3%
in the world by the Times Higher World University Rankings.