NGN backs call to speed up hydrogen decision

Northern Gas Networks has backed the findings of a Committee on Climate Change report which calls on the government to speed up a decision around the use of hydrogen for heat.

NGN backs call to speed up hydrogen decision

A Progress Report published by the Committee yesterday (28 June) states that options need to be developed ‘now’ in order to meet the requirements of the 2050 Climate Change Act.

The public body advises the UK and parliament on tackling and preparing for Climate Change.

Mark Horsley (pictured), chief executive officer for Northern Gas Networks, said: “Hydrogen has a crucial role to play in the UK’s future energy mix, providing a secure, safe supply of low-carbon energy for customers, delivered at a reasonable cost.

“We support the findings of the Progress Report and look forward to working closely with national and local government in order to coordinate solutions which can deliver cleaner, greener energy to our customers in the years to come.”

The Progress Report said reliance on natural gas is incompatible with long-term decarbonisation and stressed that a framework which can drive long-term decisions on heat infrastructure should be placed within the scope of the Heat Strategic Options paper scheduled for this summer.

The report states: “Active preparations must continue for strategic decisions in the early 2020s on the role of hydrogen for heat, and the future of the gas grid. We should be developing options now.

“It is essential that the Government continues to develop the evidence base, particularly on safety critical aspects such as the risk of leakages from existing pipework in homes, so that a decision on the future of the gas grid can be made in the early 2020s – it is important that this timeline does not slip, given the scale of changes required by 2050.”

It added that any future decision to decarbonise heat using low carbon hydrogen will require substantial domestic production of hydrogen created through natural gas reforming, with extensive and carbon capture and storage needed to sequester emissions.

Hydrogen is zero carbon at the point of use, producing just heat and water when burned.

Northern Gas Networks, which delivers gas to around 6.8 million customers throughout northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire, is leading industry projects examining hydrogen for use in the gas network.

You can read the full 2018 Committee on Climate Change Progress Report here.


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