The North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) has made an urgent call for a UK Hydrogen Strategy to be developed to help drive economic recovery in a post-covid world.
NWHA said that a UK Hydrogen Strategy will help co-ordinate the development and funding of hydrogen projects across the country, levelling up agenda.
Professor Joseph How, Chair of the NWHA and Executive Director of the Thornton Energy Research Institute, University of Chester, said, “We urgently need to develop a hydrogen strategy for the UK.”
“Without it we risk falling behind other countries across the world, such as Japan and Germany, who’ve already got national roadmaps for hydrogen in place.”
Last month NWHA sent a letter to the Hydrogen Advisory Council, launched by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy last month, detailing what it believes the priorities for such strategy should be.
The four priorities listed in the letter were:
- A clear investment framework for hydrogen production, distribution, storage and fuel switching, which includes financial incentives and a resourced, robust and consistent regulatory framework.
- Further funding into commercial scale demonstration projects for hydrogen use in all sectors including domestic, transport, power and industrial, which will build consumer confidence and show that hydrogen is deliverable, affordable and a crucial part of the response to climate change.
- Development of the world leading hydrogen sector supply chain to support the hydrogen economy in the UK so it becomes an export powerhouse.
- Development of a comprehensive and coordinated skills roadmap which dovetails with a National Workforce Plan focused on clean growth, to ensure the UK does not lose this multi-billion-pound hydrogen opportunity and import skills from elsewhere.
“This is a multi-billion-pound opportunity which could sit at the heart of our post covid-19 green recovery plan, creating thousands of new jobs, and safe-guarding thousands more. But we need Government intervention.”
“Without the right regulatory and investment framework, and investment into commercial scale hydrogen projects, we risk this form of clean energy being too expensive and our major industrial companies looking to manufacture elsewhere.”