Hydrogen Strategy Launched
The Government has released its first Hydrogen Strategy
The strategy aims to create a world leading hydrogen economy in the UK, supporting over 9,000 jobs and unlocking £4 billion investment by 2030, potentially rising to 100,000 jobs and a hydrogen economy worth up to £13 billion by 2050. The Government also launched a public consultation on a preferred business model which, built on a similar premise to the offshore wind CfDs, is designed to overcome the cost gap between low carbon hydrogen and fossil fuels, helping the cost of low carbon alternatives to fall quickly, as hydrogen comes to play an increasing role in our lives. The Government is also consulting on the £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, which aims to support the commercial deployment of new low carbon hydrogen production plants across the UK. The strategy‘s release follows Boris Johnson’s 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution which was published last autumn and committed to 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030, which is enough to power 3 million UK homes as well as some heavy industry and transport.
Commenting on the publication of the Hydrogen Strategy, Northern Gas Network’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Horsley said :
“We welcome the Government’s Hydrogen Strategy which provides further clarity on the vital role that hydrogen can play in helping achieve the target of net zero by 2050, while stimulating job creation and green growth, but even more must be done.
“Our pioneering hydrogen demonstration projects are proving that hydrogen can help to decarbonise heat. Today customers near Gateshead are heating their homes with blended hydrogen and our hydrogen homes are showcasing 100% hydrogen appliances to demonstrate how it could be part of people’s daily lives.
“There are around 8-12 million homes in the UK that could be heated by clean burning hydrogen and we must be ambitious and stimulate the production of hydrogen beyond the 5GW government target. This is essential in order to bring an affordable, low disruption clean energy transition to the communities we serve.