Energy plan

Hydrogen revolution promises clean power future


New power from hydrogen

Plans have been unveiled to develop a low carbon hydrogen sector in the UK that will power millions of homes, transport and heavy industry.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said hydrogen had the potential to provide a third of the UK’s energy in the future and create tens of thousands of jobs.

The UK’s first-ever Hydrogen Strategy drives forward the commitments laid out in the Prime Minister’s ambitious 10 Point Plan for a green industrial revolution.

Hydrogen could replace natural gas in powering around three million UK homes each year, creating more than 9,000 high-quality jobs by 2030, potentially rising to 100,000 jobs by 2050.

Kwasi Kwarteng

Kwasi Kwarteng: ‘start of a revolution’

Over the next decade, hydrogen could play an important role in decarbonising energy-intensive industries such as chemicals, oil refineries, power, and heavy transport like shipping, HGV lorries and train.

Government analysis suggests that 20-35% of the UK’s energy consumption by 2050 could be hydrogen-based.

Mr Kwarteng said: “Today marks the start of the UK’s hydrogen revolution. This home-grown clean energy source has the potential to transform the way we power our lives and will be essential to tackling climate change and reaching Net Zero.

“With the potential to provide a third of the UK’s energy in the future, our strategy positions the UK as first in the global race to ramp up hydrogen technology and seize the thousands of jobs and private investment that come with it.”

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