Johnson Matthey (JM) has joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hydrogen, a group focused on raising awareness of and building support for large-scale hydrogen projects in the UK.
The cross-party group of parliamentarians was established in July 2018 and has provided a forum for engagement with government and industry and emphasised the importance of hydrogen in the climate change debate.
Many of the recommendations from the APPG’s report on how the UK’s hydrogen sector can support the country’s economic recovery, published in summer 2020, are reflected in recent government and policy announcements.
JM said it joins the APPG in recognising hydrogen’s potential to enable the UK to meet net-zero targets and establish the UK as a global technology leader.
Through participating in the APPG, and as a member of the UK’s Hydrogen Advisory Council, JM said it looks forward to working across government and industry at this critical juncture, to establish a viable hydrogen economy in the UK.
“It’s great to see businesses like Johnson Matthey supporting the APPG. Hydrogen is front and centre as part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan, so the work that we are doing has never been more important,” said APPG Chair, Jacob Young MP for Redcar.
“We’ve shown that hydrogen has the potential to create and sustain hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs across the UK and with the right policies, regulation and support, our future economy will be one powered by hydrogen.”
Passionate about protecting the environment, Redcar MP Jacob Young believes that tackling climate change can go hand-in-hand with supporting the UK’s economy – particularly in light of Covid-19, which presents the UK with an opportunity to create a strategy for a green economic recovery.
Also wanting to ensure his constituents have skilled, well-paid jobs in developing sectors, for Young hydrogen technology fits this brief perfectly.
With Tees Valley and the North East producing 50% of the UK’s hydrogen, Young highlighted how important a hydrogen sector is to Redcar and the wider Teeside region.
It was for these reasons that Young took on the role of Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hydrogen in 2020. Read our exclusive interview with him here.