Policy Pillar – 2022: The year to turn words into action

In the UK, and across the world, greater numbers of political stars continue to align for hydrogen. In Westminster, where I am based, the Prime Minister has regularly spoken publicly about his desire to “invest massively” and place a “big bet” on hydrogen. Over the past 12 months, the Business, Transport, and International Trade secretaries have all expressed their support for hydrogen. And similar, enthusiastic comments have been made by backbench parliamentarians and city leaders across the country – for example, according to Beyond2050 analysis, the manifestos published by Metro Mayoral candidates for elections last May contained the first series of local government commitments to introduce hydrogen policies (covering production, transport and heat).

Similar situations exist across the world, with over 20 countries now committed to a national hydrogen strategy.

It is easy to understand why this political support for hydrogen grew and strengthened across 2021. From a UK perspective, hydrogen ticks multiple, key political boxes:

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