Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of developing a UK-wide hydrogen strategy similar to those being developed in (a) Germany, (b) Australia, (c) Japan and (d) other countries.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Government is committed to exploring the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier, alongside electricity and other decarbonised gases and we have been taking a number of steps to do so. We are:

  • exploring options to develop our strategic approach on hydrogen;
  • investing in innovation, with up to £121m supporting a range of projects to explore and develop the potential of low carbon hydrogen across the value chain;
  • developing new policy and conducting extensive stakeholder engagement, notably around building sustainable business models to support hydrogen production;
  • working on the design of the £100m Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund announced in August 2019.

We are also closely following international hydrogen developments and are active participants in international forums, including the Clean Energy Ministerial, the International Partnership for Hydrogen for Fuel Cells in the Economy and Mission Innovation. As part of this we are following developments as countries look to develop and implement domestic hydrogen strategies. We are considering this as part of our wider strategic approach on hydrogen.

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