Report: Hydrogen can immediately reduce emissions for heavy industry

Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has today launched a new report highlighting the immediate emissions reduction potential of hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels across heavy industry.

The report, titled, Hydrogen’s Decarbonization Impact for Industry: Near-term Challenges and Long-term Potential, underlines the positive role hydrogen could play in some industrial processes like steel production and heavy transport, regardless of how that hydrogen is produced.

RMI’s new research shows that in many developed economies where power grids have less carbon dioxide (CO2)-intensive generation sources, such as the EU and the US, hydrogen produced through electrolysis can immediately start decarbonising the steel industry.

“What we found is that there is no reason to wait with transitioning the steel industry from current blast furnace technologies to using hydrogen,” enthused Thomas Kock Blank, a Principal in RMI’s Industry programne.

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