CCC report a welcome reminder that hydrogen innovations need government support if we are to achieve net zero

The latest report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), ‘Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to Parliament’, is good news for hydrogen.

This annual ‘stock-take’ gauges the UK Government’s performance on delivering against its climate change objectives and makes recommendations on what needs to happen to achieve Net Zero.

As someone with a life-long interest in the environment and a career working in the energy sector, I was delighted to read this year’s report. There is a great deal of sense in the recommendations it makes, particularly for ‘investments in low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure’.

The area where Cadent can contribute most and most quickly is energy networks.  The report says ‘Low-carbon hydrogen is critical to achieving Net Zero and needs to be deployed at scale during the 2020s. Given the potential of the fuel across multiple sectors, a cross-cutting vision and strategy for a hydrogen economy will be required from Government, with production and use starting from the early 2020s. Risk sharing mechanisms for the first users and producers of low-carbon hydrogen are likely to be required, in order to develop a market for low-carbon hydrogen.’

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