Simon Burgess, Renewable Energy Project Developer at Siemens, said: “The Humber region is incredibly important to Siemens, we have invested hundreds of millions of pounds in the wind turbine blade factory in Hull, and now are building a new train factory in Goole.
“We were delighted to see the University’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2027; Hull will be one of the first universities in the world to achieve this. The masterplan we’re developing will show the University exactly how it can achieve that ambition in a clear, step-by-step way.
“Siemens is proud to have played a part in Hull’s transformation in the last decade and we feel this project marks another step forward for the city.
“Siemens wishes to establish a long-term partnership with the University of Hull; working together to eliminate carbon, as well as creating a cutting-edge ‘living lab’ on campus where students can learn in an interactive environment, conduct research on energy and sustainability, and collaborate closely with industry.
“Hull is a world-class university, and so we also want their graduates to see Siemens as an attractive place to work and progress in their careers.”
Students at the University will play a key role in the development of the masterplan. Several Master’s students will be trained by Siemens in energy engineering and will conduct research to support the creation of the masterplan.
The University also aims to equip all students graduating from the University with a greater knowledge and understanding of sustainability, as the country transitions to net-zero carbon emissions.
Siemens is itself transitioning to net zero, eliminating all two million tonnes of emissions from its global operations by 2030. The company is also a key partner in the Northern Powerhouse, which aims to boost economic growth in the North through investments in skills, innovation, transport and culture.