The North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) has today called for the formation of an independent net zero body to lead the introduction of hydrogen and other net zero technologies to the general public.
NWHA’s call comes in the form of a report, just one day after the release of Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan. Titled Public attitudes to hydrogen and net zero, the report is a qualitative analysis of studies of public attitudes to low carbon technologies.
Released today (19th Nov), the report makes three key recommendations:
- Government to set out a clear roadmap to net zero: A clear policy framework needs to be in place to encourage long term investment in Net Zero, and communication between all branches of Government (from national to local, and across different departments) to ensure a consistent message.
- Government to create an independent Net Zero body.One independent organisation needs to be responsible for driving public opinion on Net Zero, and to implement a communications campaign now.
- To develop a national Net Zero skills programme.A different set of skills will be needed to support the transition to Net Zero. Not only is it important that younger generations are prepared with these skills, but this is also an opportunity to reskill people whose jobs have been hit by closing industries and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Hydrogen is, without a doubt, essential for the journey to net zero. This became more apparent than ever in the Government’s 10-point plan. Hydrogen technology is one of the central pillars, and the North West was suggested as a ‘Super Place’ for other net zero technologies like carbon capture, utilisation and storage,” said Professor Joseph Howe, NWHA Chair.
“What we have found, however, is that there is still a way to go when it comes to public acceptance of hydrogen and net zero technologies. Given the transition to net zero will need to take place in homes and industry, as well as in the energy network, public support is essential. This is why we’re calling on the Government to set clear policy around net zero, and importantly, form an independent organisation that will be responsible for driving forward public net zero education.”
The full report can be accessed here.