Labour turns up volume on hydrogen

09/12/2021 09:00
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Following a visit to the Rough gas storage facility on 2 December, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has given the strongest statement yet on hydrogen. Here are some of the key quotes from an interview with the Yorkshire Post:

  • “The Government should be investing at scale in hydrogen”
  • “Hydrogen is both obviously a challenge but it’s a huge opportunity”
  • “You can’t pretend you are levelling up while you are not investing in hydrogen sufficiently”

Also this week, Sir Keir executed his second reshuffle as Leader of the Labour Party. The key moves of relevance to hydrogen are:

  • Ed Miliband MP having his role amended to Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero. He said “I will lead Labour’s Green New Deal, transforming our energy system, leading the allocation of our Climate Investment Pledge, and delivering a net zero industrial strategy. We need a Labour Government with a dedicated department to decarbonise our economy and deliver climate justice and economic justice together”.
  • Jonathan Reynolds MP becoming Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy. Speaking shortly afterwards to the CBI, MakeUK and the British Chambers of Commerce, Reynolds said “Labour is eager to engage with business about the immediate challenges they’re facing and how we can deliver long-term growth”.

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