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Green Port Hull Impact Assessment

The GIA provides Green Port Hull with the evidence that its strategy to develop a sustainable renewable sector in Hull and East-Riding is working.

The
Challenge

The Humber region, especially the area around the city of Kingston upon Hull, has experienced a lot of deprivation over the past few decades following the collapse of the fishing industry resulting in persistent intergenerational welfare benefit dependency. Thus, the local authorities of Kingston upon Hull City Council (KHCC) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) together with the private sector sought hard for opportunities to revive the local region. Offshore wind development presented a great opportunity and as a result, Green Port Hull (GPH) was launched in December 2010. In October 2011, KHCC and ERYC secured a £25.7 million Regional Growth Fund (RGF) funding to promote investment in the renewable sector, to train and upskill workers and to help ready development sites for offshore wind related businesses in the local region.

The
Approach

Project partners

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The Logistics Institute was commissioned by GPH to undertake a 3-year Green Port Hull Impact Assessment (GIA) from January 2016 – December 2018 assessing the impact on the local economies of Kingston upon Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. We adopted a mixed methodology (quantitative and qualitative) involving:

  • Tracking of key performance indicators (jobs, GVA, skills/qualification, wellbeing, air quality, noise) before and during the seven years period of the funding.
  • Using the Siemens Gamesa Blade Facility as a case study to measure the social, economic and environmental impact on the investment on the local economy
  • Undertaking three Residents’ Surveys and two Business surveys
    • to capture the views of residents on GPH activities/Siemens Gamesa Blade Facility in the catchment area of the project and
    • impact on businesses in receipt of GPGP assistance/funding, respectively.
  • A critical review of strand activities/interventions and measurement of their impact on the individual and business beneficiaries and the local community as a whole

The GIA website can be accessed here.

The Impact

The GIA shows the growth programme activities resulted in significant impact beyond the formal contractual output targets in the form of new job creation through apprenticeships and work programme and safeguarding of existing jobs through upskilling of employees in the renewable energy sector. In addition, 90% of the 1,063 people employed in the newly constructed Siemens Gamesa Hull Blade facility were recruited within 30 miles radius of the facility. Similarly, business support strand exceeded its contracted output target with many businesses helped to become competitive in the renewable energy sector and a business support hub was set-up as legacy to continue with the support.

More Info

For more information, please contact:

Prof Amar Ramudhin (A.Ramudhin@hull.ac.uk), Director of the Logistics Institute or Roland Getor (R.Y.Getor@hull.ac.uk).