The government has today announced the UK’s first-ever hydrogen strategy, which will have the potential to provide a third of the country’s energy in the future including for commercial and residential buildings.
The strategy will "drive forward commitments laid out in the prime minister’s 10 Point Plan for a green industrial revolution”.
By 2030, hydrogen could play an important role in decarbonising polluting, energy-intensive industries like chemicals, oil refineries, power and heavy transport like shipping, HGV lorries and trains, by helping these sectors move away from fossil fuels. Low-carbon hydrogen provides opportunities for UK companies and workers across the industrial heartlands.
A public consultation on a preferred hydrogen business model was also launched today. It is designed to "overcome the cost gap between low-carbon hydrogen and fossil fuels, helping the costs of low-carbon alternatives to fall quickly, as hydrogen comes to play an increasing role".
Alongside this, the government is also consulting on the design of the £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, which aims to support the commercial deployment of new low-carbon hydrogen production plants across the UK.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the business and energy secretary, said: “Today marks the start of the UK’s hydrogen revolution. This home-grown clean energy source has the potential to transform the way we power our lives and will be essential to tackling climate change and reaching Net Zero.
“With the potential to provide a third of the UK’s energy in the future, our strategy positions the UK as first in the global race to ramp up hydrogen technology and seize the thousands of jobs and private investment that come with it."
Steve McGregor, group MD of property services specialist DMA Group, said the country had to start moving "towards renewable energy, waste less and reduce our demand".
McGregor said: “Commercial and residential contributions of all sizes will help create a greener, safer environment for generations and it is vital that we begin building ambitious, large-scale infrastructure with cutting-edge green technologies across the UK. Property designers, owners, occupiers and policy decision-makers must now determine the best way to improve building energy performance, from insulation and double glazing to heating, cooling, lighting and hot water alternatives. By unlocking targeted investment, grants and incentives the ambition of delivering better homes and buildings, cleaner air and a safer environment is in sight. But most crucially of all, it provides genuine optimism for British innovation after what has been a turbulent 18 months.”