UK net zero carbon emissions “impossible” without hydrogen, says NWHA

The North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) is calling for government investment in hydrogen projects to meet ambitious carbon reductions targets in the UK.

The UK committed to bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and the North West is one of a number of clusters bidding for more £130m of government funding to establish the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040.

The North West Energy & Hydrogen Cluster brings together a partnership of companies, regional leaders and academic experts and is home to HyNet, one of the country’s leading hydrogen and carbon capture storage and utilisation (CCUS) projects.

“In fact, it’s hard to see how we’ll reach these ambitious targets without [hydrogen] – some might say it’s impossible.”

In a letter to new Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom, the NWHA has pointed to the vital role of hydrogen within the Cluster and urged the new administration under Boris Johnson to emulate its predecessors’ commitment in the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to developing a hydrogen economy in the UK.

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