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UK businesses come together to accelerate rollout of green hydrogen 

by Liam Turner
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A group of large businesses based or with operations in the UK have launched a new campaign to promote the application of ‘green’ hydrogen across a range of industries.

Green hydrogen refers to hydrogen produced using electricity generated by renewable sources such as wind and solar.

The aim of the Green Hydrogen Alliance (GHA) is to ensure the UK remains globally competitive in the development and deployment of hydrogen energy.

The GHA brings together businesses – including Airbus, Associated British Ports, London City Airport, and Tata Steel – across the hydrogen supply chain, as well as an advisory board including Cranfield University and the Thames Estuary Growth Board.

The government has set a target of up to 10GW of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030, subject to affordability and value for money, with at least half of this coming from electrolytic hydrogen.

The Alliance said it welcomes the government’s targets for green hydrogen and that accelerating policy will help ensure the UK does not lag behind countries such as Germany and the Netherlands.

‘Must move faster’

A Green Hydrogen Alliance spokesperson said: “We welcome the government’s ambitious target of 5GW of electrolytic hydrogen production by 2030, but we must move further and faster on policy if we are to unlock the benefits green hydrogen will bring.”

The Alliance says green hydrogen can play a key role in the UK’s transition to net-zero, demonstrating “considerable promise” in sectors such as heavy industry or transport.

As well as looking in-depth at the commercial viability of green hydrogen across a number of UK sectors, the GHA plans to analyse the economic impact that the development of green hydrogen uses could have on specific areas of the country, from Wales to the Humber, through to the Thames Estuary.

The GHA will undertake new analysis assessing where the barriers are to the UK becoming a global leader in hydrogen.

The apolitical alliance says it will work with both the government and all political parties, as well as civil service officials and industry groups, to help them understand the opportunities of a growing green hydrogen industry.

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