Is Boris Johnson’s ‘big bet’ on hydrogen still on the table?

Hydrogen policy in the UK over the past two-to-three years has been shaped, driven and expanded by political decisions.

Most significant was the decision of former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to ‘place a big bet’ on hydrogen, following discussions he had with Angela Merkel, then German Chancellor, regarding Germany’s growing interest in the potential of hydrogen.

But the conditions for this ‘big bet’ were created by advocacy led by other Conservative politicians such as Ben Houchen, Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, or Kit Malhouse, a major hydrogen enthusiast who was deputy mayor of London when Boris was in charge of the capital, and Jacob Young, a red wall MP who chairs the Hydrogen APPG in Parliament.

So, with a new Prime Minister and a significantly changed cabinet, it’s important to do a deep dive into these individuals, their politics, previous engagement with hydrogen policy or related technologies, and their future motivations in their role, and for the country.

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