IGEM welcome the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hydrogen's latest report on the role of hydrogen in powering industry. The report sets out 10 key recommendations that the group believe can accelerate the growth of the UK’s hydrogen sector and enable a sustainable energy transition. The recommendations include:
•The UK Government must continue to expand beyond its existing commitments of 5GW production in the forthcoming Hydrogen Strategy.
•Any future UK Government and devolved policies must be complementary of the wider UK low-carbon commitments.
•Industrial clusters should be prioritised for hydrogen use and will be the key catalyst for driving forward the UK’s decarbonisation of industry.
•The UK Government must commit to incentivising hydrogen production within the UK as opposed to importing this.
•The UK Government must align hydrogen production pathways with nuclear technology to enhance hydrogen production.
•The UK Government must develop a UK wide hydrogen network to support the transport sector, including a larger-scale implementation of hydrogen refuelling stations.
•Regulators must act quickly to update energy regulations and guidance to support hydrogen’s role in powering industry.
•For hydrogen to expand in the UK, a technology neutral approach is required for all types of energy systems.
•Significant and long-term financial support is required for the development, deployment and operation of hydrogen technologies.
•Ofgem must ensure the hydrogen market is subject to effective competition to drive down prices for consumers.
The report, published today, is the culmination of an inquiry launched in March 2021 which received over 70 responses and heard from a wide range of industry experts and leadership across energy, transport and manufacturing.
IGEM’s Head of Technical Services and Policy said: “IGEM is supportive of the recommendations set out in the report, in particular, the call to expand the UK’s hydrogen production ambition in the forthcoming Hydrogen Strategy and the need for government to act quickly to update energy regulations and guidance.
“The need for regulatory levers to unlock investment and amend the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations (GS(M)R) will be critical to making quick advances in the development of a UK hydrogen economy, and to enable the UK to make early, cumulative contributions to carbon emissions reduction.
“We have high expectations for the UK Hydrogen Strategy and the Heat and Buildings Strategy, due to be published imminently. We hope that the recommendations presented by the APPG on Hydrogen are reflected and the government strategies set out in clear terms, what role hydrogen will play in the energy transition and how it will be achieved.”
The full report is available to read here.