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Social acceptability of a wind turbine blade facility in Kingston upon hull

Getor, Roland Yawo; Ramudhin, Amar; Keivanpour, Samira

Authors

Amar Ramudhin

Samira Keivanpour



Abstract

In November 2016, Siemens Gamesa started construction of its £310-million, off-shore wind turbine blade assembly facility in the city of Kingston upon Hull in the UK. This paper adopted a mixed method approach, that is, maps, charts and tables and meta analysis to investigate the social acceptability of local residents to such investments using feedback from three residents’ surveys conducted over a period of nearly 3 years. The study is a first of its kind as it presents a real case study of social acceptability of a large manufacturing facility, located close to a residential area, that significantly changed the landscape of the area. The findings indicate that residents on the whole favour such investments because of the economic opportunities. For instance, over 1000 direct jobs were created with the Office for National Statistics reporting a growth of 4.2% in Kingston upon Hull's economic output in 2016–2018. Similarly, Demos-PwC Growth for Cities Index 2018 ranked it, the third-most improved UK city to live and work. However, there were some concerns especially from those living close to the facility regarding issues like noise from ships docking and loading during the night and the obstruction of the scenery of the estuary by an erected sound barrier. The study also shows that it is important for the investors to work closely with local stakeholders and residents to maximise the returns whiles minimising the negatives.

Citation

Getor, R. Y., Ramudhin, A., & Keivanpour, S. (2022). Social acceptability of a wind turbine blade facility in Kingston upon hull. Journal of cleaner production, 379(2), Article 134859. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134859

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 21, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 27, 2022
Publication Date Dec 15, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 4, 2022
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Print ISSN 0959-6526
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 379
Issue 2
Article Number 134859
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134859
Keywords Renewable energy; Offshore wind energy; Local community impact; Employment; Social acceptability; Blade facility
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4110817
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652622044328?via%3Dihub
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Social acceptability of a wind turbine blade facility in Kingston upon hull; Journal Title: Journal of Cleaner Production; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134859; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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