After backing the city’s initial proposal as a bid angel, the company has confirmed its ongoing support for the campaign, which aims to promote Hull on the international stage through a year of high profile events and projects.
Vivergo Fuels, which has a £350m bioethanol plant at Salt End, started operations in 2012 and has already created over 3,000 jobs throughout its supply chain.
Vivergo Fuels’ bioethanol, made from UK feed-grade wheat, is blended with petrol to offer greenhouse gas savings equivalent to taking 180,000 cars off the road.
Mark Chesworth, managing director of Vivergo Fuels, said: “Vivergo Fuels has always been passionate about supporting the Humber region and the local community. We’ve been behind Hull UK City of Culture 2017 from the very beginning and this coming year will certainly be an exciting one.
“The Humber region is fast becoming one of the most important – and greenest – energy hubs in the UK and we believe Hull 2017 will provide a platform to showcase these strong credentials, attracting even more investment into the region.
“We are proud to be leading the advancement of renewables and bioethanol here and want to help to encourage positive economic growth, skill-based development for young people and, job creation and retention in the energy industry. Working together, we can help to play a vital role for the future of the region.”
Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, added: “Vivergo Fuels has supported our vision from the very beginning, backing us as a Bid Angel. So we are delighted the company has chosen to strengthen our relationship and reinforce its commitment to Hull by becoming a City Partner.”
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