The UK hydrogen strategy, the New Anglia Hydrogen Hub and a different type of cluster
- Aug 25, 2021 9:13 am GMT
Today, hydrogen is poised to be a deployable technology to integrate power and transport decarbonisation especially in a region with its own unique opportunities and challenges. We are convinced that the East of England can make a significant contribution to realising hydrogen’s potential regionally and support delivery of the Hydrogen Strategy. The region aspires to be the UK’s Clean Growth Region.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Renewal Plan has started to set out the vision. The issue is how big that contribution for hydrogen could be. To do this, the Government’s focus needs to give due weight to early deployment of green as well as blue hydrogen and not be over-focussed on the industrial clusters. It should also place more focus on a whole-systems approach but through a regional lens.
Greater focus should be given to allowing thinking around different choices and pathways in a range of diverse regional economic sectors, in addition to supporting emergence of industrial clusters elsewhere in GB and in neighbouring European markets. In doing this, the Government can build on the excellent foundations of its first Hydrogen Strategy and create opportunity and growth across unique and disparate regions of the UK such as the East of England, allowing them to be a significant and important contributor to a Net Zero Britain
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