IGEM has welcomed the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hydrogen's latest report, which urges the government to move quickly on hydrogen and set ambitious policies to unlock investment, create employment opportunities and support the UK's net zero targets.
The APPG on Hydrogen’s report, developed as part of its inquiry into how the UK’s hydrogen sector can help support the UK’s economic recovery, sets out 15 recommendations to support and accelerate the growth of the country’s hydrogen sector.
These include a cross-departmental hydrogen strategy between government and industry, using regulatory levers to unlock private sector investment, setting interim targets for low-carbon hydrogen production and mandating hydrogen-ready boilers by 2025.
The report, published this week, is the culmination of an inquiry launched in May which heard from a wide range of industry experts and leadership across energy, transport and manufacturing.
The institution’s CEO Neil Atkinson said: “IGEM contributed one of the nearly 100 responses providing evidence of hydrogen’s potential to support the UK’s economic recovery. In our response, we emphasised the important role hydrogen has to play in the UK’s transition to net zero and it’s potential to minimise the costs of decarbonisation, boost employment and the economy, and place the UK as a global leader in hydrogen development.
“We are fully supportive of the recommendations set out in the report, in particular, the use of regulatory levers to unlock investment and amend the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations (GS(M)R).
“We are also very much in favour of the drive to mandate hydrogen-ready boilers by 2025. IGEM’s Gas Safety Working Group, set up at the request of the HSE, BEIS and Ofgem in 2016, is developing a new gas quality standard to replace Schedule 3 of the GSMR – an integral step in scaling up the use of low carbon gases such as hydrogen in the existing gas network.”
The new gas quality parameters are now out for wider industry peer review, details of which can be found here
Full details of the report can be found here.