The government’s hydrogen strategy published yesterday has been welcomed by bodies in the sector.
Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at environmental body UK Green Building Council, said the strategy outlined what the “Committee for Climate Change has already outlined”.
She said: “How we decarbonise heat whilst delivering a fair transition for consumers is a fundamental issue for the UK’s built environment, and how our sector can play its part in reaching our national net zero target.”
Hirigoyen said: “As we look to decarbonise across the entire construction and property value chain, hydrogen should be used where it adds most value, such as in certain industrial processes that are otherwise difficult to decarbonise. The government should also prioritise developing the most sustainable hydrogen sources, rather than production methods which risk undermining progress.”
“The future use of hydrogen is just one element of our decarbonisation journey. We urge the government to release its Heat and Buildings Strategy without delay in order to give the sector both clarity and certainty on what the future of heat will look like.
“Crucially, now is the time to deliver the right package of incentives and policies to truly deliver fair, effective heat decarbonisation at the scale required.”
Stewart Clements, director at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), said: ““It is encouraging to see the government release this forward-looking strategy, a vote of confidence in the future of hydrogen as a key part of our energy mix in the coming decades.
"We agree with the secretary of state’s belief that hydrogen has great potential to reduce emissions from heating up and down the country whilst retaining the ease of use and minimal in-home changes which consumers want. We particularly welcome the support of blending hydrogen into the gas grid, which can secure significant early reductions in the carbon intensity of the grid with zero disruption or change for consumers.
“Investment in hydrogen will not only, as the strategy states, create thousands of high skill, well-paid jobs, it also safeguards the jobs and expertise we already have in our world-leading heating industry.
"Our member companies are fully behind a transition from natural gas to zero carbon hydrogen and have already been hard at work creating ‘hydrogen-ready’ products, including boilers, cookers and fires that are currently being trialled. HHIC is actively involved in the UK hydrogen projects and has worked with manufacturers and the government on a definition for ‘hydrogen-ready’ boilers which could be rolled out from the middle of this decade.
"At HHIC, we look forward to continuing to work closely with the government on establishing the feasibility and safety case for hydrogen as well as supporting the development of innovative, zero carbon hydrogen appliances.
"With the release of the hydrogen strategy, we can now be confident that, alongside other important technologies such as heat pumps, hydrogen will be a key component of our journey to net zero. We are excited to be part of working towards that essential transition.”