Net Zero needs hydrogen: Let’s not be blinded by colours

In our mission to curb global warming quickly and dramatically reduce our carbon emissions, hydrogen is clearly part of the answer. When Energy Ministers from the G20 nations met in July, they put electrolytic (green) hydrogen and CCS-enabled hydrogen centre stage and consensus among all the ministers was that it should form the basis of the next COP.

Hydrogen has three important roles in our journey to Net Zero – decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors such as steel and glass making; balancing the power grid that will be increasingly dependent on renewables; and as a building block for sustainable fuels and chemicals.

Scaling up hydrogen production at pace is crucial but the drive to expand its use can get bogged down in debates about colours. The focus needs to be on building a sustainable hydrogen economy and helping customers understand how to access hydrogen in the most cost-effective and timely way to meet their sustainability needs.

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