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The Government’s Committee on Climate Change recently published a report that assesses the potential role of hydrogen in the UK’s low-carbon economy. Using green gases such as hydrogen to decarbonise heat is described in the report as a credible option that could replace natural gas in parts of the energy system.
‘Hydrogen for a low-carbon economy’ finds that hydrogen is not a ‘silver bullet’ solution but provides the reassurance that it may be a good first step.
CEO of the Energy and Utilities Alliance, Mike Foster, says: “Early government commitment is crucial to an affordable, secure, low carbon future. We trust that this report provides Government with the confidence to work towards decarbonising heat by greening the gas that goes into 85% of UK homes using hydrogen as the principal method.”
The report further states that emissions reductions required by 2050 under the Climate Change Act mean that energy will need to be supplied almost entirely carbon-free and that heating buildings is one of the areas where the challenge in achieving carbon reductions is greatest.
Commenting on this, APHC’s Chief Executive John Thompson says: “Given that the report stressed that there is low awareness amongst the general public of reasons to move away from natural gas heating to low-carbon alternatives, the Government needs to firmly back the use of alternative, low carbon technologies through a strategy that will educate, assist and incentivise the industry and homeowners to install these technologies. This needs to happen sooner rather than later as early government commitment is crucial as they need to avoid duplicating the past failings of previous initiatives and come up with an outcome that is both deliverable and sustainable.
“Green technologies haven’t been on the Government’s agenda for the past few years and as the report finds that hydrogen is a credible option to help decarbonise the UK energy system, let’s hope this report will generate some activity.”
The Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Hydrogen in a low-carbon economy’ report was published on 22 November 2018 and can be downloaded here.