Five key obstacles to Scotland’s hydrogen development

Scotland must overcome five key obstacles if it is to realise its hydrogen development potential, according to a new Addleshaw Goddard report.

The country’s abundant natural resources put it in a strong position in the global race to exploit its hydrogen potential, but Scotland’s target of 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen production by 2030 would represent an increase of some ‘1,000-fold’ on today.

The report identifies five key challenges:

Policy collaboration
Although Scotland has its own hydrogen strategy distinct from the UK Government’s, the fact some of the most important powers for the sector’s development are reserved to Westminster is seen as ‘a potential impediment to progress,’ the report found. In areas such as domestic heat, there is concern that Scotland is unable to drive the progress some believe is needed because Westminster is responsible for heat policy and is yet to take a decision on mandating hydrogen-ready boilers.

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