Hydrogen Action Plan

– in the Scottish Parliament on 23rd June 2022.

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Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its hydrogen action plan. (S6O-01280)

Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

We will publish our updated hydrogen action plan later this year. Following the publication of the draft hydrogen action plan in November 2021, we undertook a 10-week consultation process to allow comments. That feedback has been reviewed and is informing work that is currently under way to review and update the hydrogen action plan.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

The Government’s draft hydrogen plan has good intentions. With the energy market making green hydrogen potentially more attractive and other countries now investing in deploying hydrogen electrolysers, what Scottish companies is the Government supporting to create the step change that will be needed to grow the industrial base and to develop the hydrogen production that we will need for domestic use and for exports as part of the energy mix, in order to deliver net zero?

Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

We have a strong track record of supporting a range of hydrogen demonstration projects across the country, from the £7 million that we are investing in the SGN H100 hydrogen heat network in Fife, the hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen, and the surf ‘n’ turf programme, which is being taken forward by the European Marine Energy CentreEMEC—in Orkney.

Alongside that, we have also committed to investing £100 million as part of our hydrogen action plan.

I assure the member that we have on-going discussions with a range of companies that are engaged in the hydrogen sector and are interested in developing hydrogen production facilities in Scotland. Later this year, we will host a hydrogen supply chain event in Edinburgh in order to bring together companies in Scotland that are interested or are working in the hydrogen sector.