EXCLUSIVE: The publication of new scientific research into hydrogen – compounded by falling technology costs – has set the UK’s business and policy spheres up for a “hydrogen revolution”, the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) chief executive Chris Stark has claimed. Speaking exclusively to edie ahead of the publication of the CCC’s ‘hydrogen in a low-carbon economy’ report, Stark argued that corporates, politicians and members of the public should be educated about the benefits and limitations of hydrogen technology in the wake of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent findings into the severe impacts of global warming. “I definitely think that in terms of industry, particularly heavy industry, there is now widespread awareness of the benefits of hydrogen,” Stark said. “I certainly have never, in my time working on these topics, seen such a high awareness on hydrogen among politicians. That being said, there is an awareness-raising challenge in every sector, but we can start on this now.” The CCC’s report concludes that hydrogen can make an “important contribution to the UK’s long-term decarbonisation” – if the uptake of energy efficiency technologies, low-carbon power generators, electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid-electric heat pump systems gathers pace. For such a shift to be made, the report recommends that at least one carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility which produces “significant volumes of hydrogen” should be brought online by 2030 and that ministers should commit to funding hydrogen pilot projects across the transport, built environment and heavy industry sectors.
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