Move towards Hydrogen gains energy

3rd Jul 2018

 

Today marks the Inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Hydrogen. The APPG focuses on the deployment of hydrogen in the gas grid and signals the increasing industry and parliamentary support for this decarbonisation pathway. Chaired by Anna Turley MP, the new APPG provides a forum for Members of Parliament and Peers to engage with leading businesses and organisations that, in the context of the Climate Chance Act and the Paris Agreement, are working to enable the UK to meet its decarbonisation targets through the implementation of large scale hydrogen projects, and to discuss policy options to support these.

Speaking at today’s meeting, Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs, The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), said:

“The gas grid currently delivers gas into the homes of over 85% of the UK population and there is little appetite to simply abandon gas and start again with a new system, not to mention the enormous costs involved. Claire Perry,Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, herselfrecognises this and acknowledges that decarbonising the gas flowing through the grid offers an obvious and cost effective solution.”

He added:

“30% of CO2 emissions in the UK come from domestic heating and cooking. Converting the entire gas system from natural gas to hydrogen would cut heat emissions by at least 73%. With the UK’s carbon budgets fast approaching, hydrogen could offer a real solution, and the creation of this new APPG marks the industry wide commitment to hydrogen as a means to decarbonise, as well as the increasing recognition amongst members of Parliament that the all electrification pathway is not suitable, or cost effective.”