A new industry taskforce, comprising companies including BP, Shell, and Baxi, is calling on the government to invest £1bn in hydrogen.

The Hydrogen Taskforce, in its launch report The Role of Hydrogen in Delivering Net Zero, calls on the government to commit £1bn to hydrogen production, storage, and distribution projects.

The taskforce also proposes the development of a cross-departmental UK hydrogen strategy, including multiple different government
departments such as Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Transport, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and HM Treasury.

Jeff House, Head of External Affairs for Baxi Heating, commented: “Baxi and others in the heating industry are preparing to deliver clean heating and play our part in tackling climate change. We now call on the government to match our commitment with a clear message that hydrogen is one of the key solutions to deliver net-zero by committing £1bn towards readying the UK for hydrogen in the upcoming Spending Review.”

He continued: “From the consumer’s perspective, hydrogen will offer everything they value from their current heating solution, namely instantaneous heat and hot water delivered by the existing gas network. Hydrogen offers a straightforward and practical solution for the consumer and we urge government to prioritise it in its future plans.”

To read the report in full, click here.