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Three key figures in the city have been recognised as ‘Renewables Champions’ for being instrumental in bringing Siemens to Hull and the development of the Green Port Hull project.

Image courtesy of Hull Daily Mail

The work of ABP Director Humber, John Fitzgerald, Alan Johnson MP and Hull City Council’s City Regeneration Manager Mark Jones, was awarded at the Hull Daily Mail’s annual Renewables Awards. In such a momentous year for the renewables industry, judges felt it was only right this accolade went to three people who played a key part in securing the Siemens deal.

Judges said: “Alan Johnson had a huge role behind the scenes, talking to the main players, using his influence to secure political support and never losing sight of the end goal.

“Hull City Council was also important in the deal and Mark Jones’s input was vital. Those who know Mark well say he was always on the job, constantly in touch with decision-makers and tirelessly working to get a result.

“As Humber Director for ABP, John Fitzgerald represented the landowner which is hosting Green Port Hull. Without the company’s vision, none of this would be happening.”

Hull City Council’s City Regeneration Manager, Mark Jones, commented:

“I am delighted to have received this award, as it represents the council’s hard work and commitment over a significant period of time towards driving this city’s economy and investment opportunities forward, and developing Hull’s credentials as the UK’s leading energy estuary.

“None of this would have been possible without the support and expertise of the council team that has worked tirelessly on the Green Port Hull initiative.”

ABP Director Humber, John Fitzgerald, added:

“The fact that this award has been given to three people demonstrates that the delivery of the Siemens project has been a huge team effort. More than that, it secures ABP’s role in driving forward the green revolution, which is creating a whole new energy sector.”