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Call for Evidence

The role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero

The Committee is seeking written submissions by Friday 8 January addressing any or all of the following topics:  

1. The suitability of the Government’s announced plans for “Driving the Growth of Low Carbon Hydrogen”, including:  

  • the focus, scale and timescales of the proposed measures;  
  • how the proposed measures—and any other recommended measures—could best be co-ordinated;  
  • the dependency of the Government’s proposed plans on carbon capture and storage, any risks associated with this and how any risks should be mitigated; and  
  • potential business models that could attract private investment and stimulate widespread adoption of hydrogen as a Net Zero fuel; 

2. The progress of recent and ongoing trials of hydrogen in the UK and abroad, and the next steps to most effectively build on this progress; 

3. The engineering and commercial challenges associated with using hydrogen as a fuel, including production, storage, distribution and metrology, and how the Government could best address these;  

4. The infrastructure that hydrogen as a Net Zero fuel will require in the short- and longer-term, and any associated risks and opportunities;  

5. Cost-benefit analysis of using hydrogen to meet Net Zero as well as the potential environmental impact of technologies required for its widespread use; and  

6. The relative advantages and disadvantages of hydrogen compared to other low-carbon options (such as electrification or heat networks), the applications for which hydrogen should be prioritised and why, and how any uncertainty in the optimal technology should be managed.  


The Committee values diversity and seeks to ensure this where possible. The Committee encourages members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence.  

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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