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Cross-Party group of MPs: Build a Market for Hydrogen to Meet 2050 Climate Change Targets

Cross-Party group of MPs: Build a Market for Hydrogen to Meet 2050 Climate Change Targets

11th July 2018
  • Hydrogen could help reduce emissions from heat, industry and transport - areas which urgently require further progress if the UK is to meet its climate change targets.
  • Further action is needed to deploy clean production technologies, develop hydrogen infrastructure and build a market for its use.
  • Other forms of low carbon gas such as those which are produced from waste sources can also help the UK cut carbon emissions.

The cross party inquiry was co-chaired by James Heappey, Conservative MP for Wells;  Alan Whitehead, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change and MP for Southampton Test; and the Rt. Hon Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland.

A new Producing Low Carbon Gas report by a cross-party group of MPs and Carbon Connect identifies the need for further government action to take advantage of the opportunities offered by low carbon gas to cut carbon emissions and boost the economy.

The UK must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. The Committee on Climate Change said last month that ‘Hydrogen could be incredibly useful in providing low carbon heat for homes and industry and fuel for large vehicles such as buses and trains.’

The key to unlocking this opportunity is fostering a market for hydrogen which incentivises businesses to invest, encourages new businesses into the market and builds up hydrogen demand by recognising those who use it. The report sets out a number of routes for doing this including blending a proportion of hydrogen in the gas grid, supplying hydrogen to large industrial gas users, increasing the number of hydrogen transport fleets, and using hydrogen to provide clean electricity.

This is the second report in the Future Gas Series, examining the opportunities and challenges with using low carbon gases to help the UK decarbonise its economy. Part 1: Next Steps for the Gas Grid was published in September 2017. Part 3 will be launched in early 2019 and will examine consumer issues related to a transition to low carbon gas.

Download the Media Briefing here.