UK General Election: What the manifestos mean for hydrogen

UK General Election: What the manifestos mean for hydrogen

One certainty in this UK General Election we find ourselves in, is that hydrogen will be on the agenda of the next UK Government.

Analysis from Hydrogen Future shows all three major UK-wide parties, the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats, as well as the SNP (who control the Scottish Parliament), have made commitments to implement policies and/or increase investment in hydrogen technology.

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Individually, the contents of the above grid could be seen as a collection small statements, vague in detail and lacking enough hard targets. Awareness and understanding of the potential use of hydrogen for heat, transport and power in heavy industry is still young among the Westminster-based policymakers, so I wouldn’t expect them to set out a long-term vision in this election campaign – but the fact they all acknowledge the role and importance of hydrogen is very welcome.

Collectively the manifesto references from all the main parties symbolise a huge step in the momentum, interest and support for hydrogen technology across the UK. For example, in the 2017 General Election, only the Liberal Democrats referred to hydrogen in their manifesto – and this only as part of a long list of technologies they pledged to invest in.

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