James Watt, Hydrogen Consultant at WSP, said: “Hydrogen will play a key role in decarbonising the energy, transport and wider industrial sectors. The launch of the UK Government’s first Hydrogen Strategy is a very welcome development in the Ten Point Plan and it also signals good news for the green skills agenda through the forthcoming Hydrogen Sector Development Action Plan. However, it is important that we continue to push our boundaries by innovating and capitalising on the huge opportunities provided by low carbon hydrogen.
“The twin track approach recognises the role blue hydrogen may play whilst recognising the role green hydrogen will play in the longer term. The Government lays out an ambitious set of targets under the strategy. Key assessments, updates, consultations and models have to be delivered as promised to enable the potential of Hydrogen to be delivered.
“Whilst the 5GW by 2030 target is positive, as is the framework and timelines set out in the strategy, it should not be viewed as a static target but rather a figure we strive to surpass. This can be achieved by timely decisions, funding research, adding certainty, and interventions coupled with an ever closer partnership between Government and Industry.
“Both in the approach to COP26 and in its wake, the UK should lead by example on the global stage in generating low-carbon pathways and realising our net zero ambitions.”