- Professor Joe Howe, Chair of the North West Hydrogen Alliance and Executive Director, Thornton Research Institute at the University of Chester Comments on the UK’s Hydrogen Strategy Plan released today.
Professor Joe Howe, Chair of the North West Hydrogen Alliance and Executive Director, Thornton Research Institute at the University of Chester, said: “This is a critical step forward for the development of a world leading hydrogen economy in the UK. While this sends a strong message to industry and investors that hydrogen is an integral part of our low carbon future, what’s important now is that Government delivers on the strategy by supporting projects like HyNet North West. We particularly welcome the commitment to developing a Hydrogen Sector Development Action Plan to ensure that the huge economic benefits from hydrogen are kept in the UK, supporting our businesses and creating new jobs. If we’re to bring people along with us on this hydrogen revolution then now’s the time to start raising public awareness of hydrogen and how it can help us reduce our carbon emissions and protect our planet.”
Comments from HyNet North West follow:
“We’ve spent the morning eyes down in the new hydrogen strategy and we welcome the promise of more support for this vital sector.
We know that industry across the UK’s North West industrial heartland is crying out for low carbon hydrogen. HyNet is driven by demand from organisations across the region who want to switch to HyNet hydrogen, replacing natural gas fossil fuel in order to decarbonise their processes.
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We know we need to work quickly. With initial engineering nearly completed on HyNet’s first hydrogen production plant at Essar’s Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, hydrogen production will begin as soon as 2025. We will deliver up to 4GW of low carbon hydrogen by 2030 – nearly 80% of hydrogen production target within this hydrogen strategy.
The key now is for the government to build momentum by prioritising projects that are ready for development today. The sooner we get hydrogen to businesses, the better they can protect jobs and compete internationally while cutting emissions.
The UK should seize the opportunity to lead the world in hydrogen.”
This follows the NWHA’s call last year for Government to create an independent Net Zero body responsible for driving public opinion on Net Zero.
Further information on the leading hydrogen project HyNet North West can be found here.