UK hydrogen innovation could create thousands of high-tech, green jobs, says report
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UK hydrogen innovation could create thousands of high-tech, green jobs, says report

Following the proposal of a multi-billion-pound investment strategy in various hydrogen related projects, Britain could see the creation of up to 25,000 highly skilled green jobs over the next ten years, according to a report published today (Sep 14) by the Energy Networks Association (ENA).

The country’s industrial heartlands will benefit from the creation of over 17,000 high-tech green jobs across North West England and its surrounding areas after a £4.4bn ($6.1m) injection into schemes such as HyNet North West – a hydrogen production and carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

Projects located in Fife, Cumbria and Southern England, in addition to other locations, are expected to provide over 6,700 jobs after a proposed investment of £2.2bn ($3.05m) in research to ensure existing gas pipelines are prepared for a transition to hydrogen.

With the investment plans submitted to energy regulator Ofgem, Chris Train, Gas Goes Green Champion, ENA, said the unlocking of this investment could help ensure that hydrogen plays its full part in “fuelling Britain’s Green Industrial Revolution”.

Smaller but still significant investments are planned for North East and Central England. The areas could see over 700 jobs being created following a £150m ($208m) investment in hydrogen preparation projects such as the expansion of HyDeploy, which will trial hydrogen blending into the existing grid and a continuation of the Future Billing Methodology project.

Renewable energy integration and transport projects are also on the agenda, with a further 100 jobs expected to be created after a £19.5m investment into researching ways that hydrogen could reduce emissions from vehicles, in addition to its integration with existing green technologies and gases.

“The UK has the innovation, skill and world leading infrastructure to be a global leader in the delivery of the hydrogen economy,” said Chris Manson-Whitton, HyNet North West.

Commenting on the potential for hydrogen to help decarbonise the UK, he added, “As this report shows, network innovation underpins this transformation, also decarbonising our communities and transport systems, and creating thousands of skilled green jobs.”

The full ENA Gas Goes Green Innovation Impacts report can be found here.

Gas Goes Green: Creating the gas network of tomorrow

The UK’s five gas network operators unveiled a plan in April 2020 to create the world’s first net zero gas network by speeding up the switch from natural gas to hydrogen for the 85% of UK households connected to the gas grid.

Led by the Energy Networks Association (ENA), the major programme, dubbed Gas Goes Green, brings together National Grid, Wales & West, Northern Gas Networks, Cadent and SGN.

Britain’s five gas networks will replace the natural gas that 85% of homes rely upon with a mixture of hydrogen and biomethane in a bid to reduce homes, businesses and communities’ carbon emissions, without having to change the way they heat their properties, use hot water or cook their food.

Gas Goes Green will ensure 23 million properties around the UK have as much choice as possible to access the energy they need in the way they’d like and when they need it the most, in a clean, reliable and safe way, as well as create new demand for clean technologies and green gas, stimulating new green industries.

Did you read H2 View’s exclusive interview with Matt Hindle, Head of Gas at ENA? If you missed it, catch up here.

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