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Blending low-carbon hydrogen in natural gas pipelines is an extremely wasteful use of an expensive and energy-intensive energy vector that is best deployed elsewhere. We know this. But the European Commission has put H2 blending at the heart of the new EU framework to decarbonise gas markets. Natural gas pipeline operators must be popping corks at this massive lobbying victory.

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Bob Meinetz on Dec 21, 2021

"Blending low-carbon hydrogen in natural gas pipelines is an extremely wasteful use of an expensive and energy-intensive energy vector that is best deployed elsewhere."

Seb, hydrogen is best deployed nowhere. The economic potential for green hydrogen is non-existent; deploying grey hydrogen as an energy vector emits more CO2 than than deploying the methane from which it's made.
In practice hydrogen is, and will always be, just another fossil fuel.

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Seb Kennedy on Dec 21, 2021

Hydrogen demand stood at 90 million tonnes in 2020, practically all for refining and industrial applications and produced almost exclusively from fossil fuels, resulting in close to 900 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. I suggest we focus on decarbonising that first before moving to other applications (ie probably never).

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