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Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Inquiry into Decarbonising Heat in Homes

Written Evidence from the Hydrogen Taskforce


The Hydrogen Taskforce welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s inquiry into decarbonising heat in homes. It is the Taskforce’s view that:

  • Decarbonising heat is one of the biggest challenges that the UK faces in meeting Net Zero and several solutions will be required;
  • Hydrogen can play a valuable role in reducing the cost of decarbonising heat. Its high energy density enables it to be stored cost effectively at scale, providing system resilience;
  • Hydrogen heating can be implemented at minimal disruption to the consumer;
  • The UK holds world-class advantages in hydrogen production, distribution and application; and
  • Other economies are moving ahead in the development of this sector and the UK must respond.

In March 2020, the Taskforce has defined a set of policy recommendations for Government, which are designed to ensure that hydrogen can scale to meet the future demands of a net zero energy system: • Development of a cross departmental UK Hydrogen Strategy within UK Government;• Commit £1bn of capex funding over the next spending review period to hydrogen production, storage and distribution projects;• Develop a financial support scheme for the production of hydrogen in blending, industry, power and transport.• Amend Gas Safety Management Regulations (GSMR) to enable hydrogen blending and take the next steps towards 100% hydrogen heating through supporting public trials and mandating 100% hydrogen-ready boilers by 2025; and• Commit to the support of 100 Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) by 2025 to support the rollout of hydrogen transport.

You can download the whole document from the Hydrogen Taskforce website here

Related subjects: Policy & Socio-Economics
Countries: United Kingdom

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