UK’s hydrogen strategy expected to be published in July
The UK’s anticipated hydrogen strategy is expected to be published in mid-July.
Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the first ever strategy is “set to be published before summer recess” and will “lay out what is required to build a hydrogen economy fit for 2030”.
H2 View understands Westminster is due to break for summer recess on July 22.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson firmly backed hydrogen in his 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution unveiled in November 2020, which includes moves to boost hydrogen production, with a promise of a town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.
The PM’s plan proposes to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 – enough to power about 1.5 million homes – for industry, transport, power and homes, and aims to develop the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.
“The UK currently produces only a minimal amount of low carbon hydrogen, for localised transport projects or trials and testing in other end uses, and a significant increase in production levels will be required to meet our future energy needs,” Trevelyan said.
“The Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan was clear on our aim for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy.
“We have already published an expression of interest for our Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Competition to support further innovation in this area.”
Alongside the strategy, Trevelyan said the government will consult on policy instruments to further support an increase in low carbon hydrogen production, including the £240m ($332m) Net-Zero Hydrogen Fund and its preferred long term, sustainable business model, which it will finalise in 2022.
This article originally appeared in H2 View.