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The role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero


A key component of the Government's recently announced ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ is 'Driving the Growth of Low Carbon Hydrogen'. The plan outlined a range of measures to support the development and adoption of hydrogen, including a £240 million 'Net Zero Hydrogen Fund'. Noting this, and the further £81 million allocated for hydrogen heating trials in the 2020 Spending Review, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is today launching a new inquiry into the role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero.  

Following recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change that the Government develop a strategy for hydrogen use and should aim for largescale hydrogen trials to begin in the early 2020s, the Committee seeks to ensure that the Government's intended plan will be suitable and effective. The Committee will also assess the infrastructure required for hydrogen as a Net Zero fuel, and examine progress made so far internationally to determine the viability of hydrogen as a significant contributor to achieving Net Zero. 


Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

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Wednesday 21 July 2021
9:00am Private
9:30am Public
The role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero - Oral evidence 21 July 2021
  • Guy Newey (Strategy and Performance Director at Energy Systems Catapult)
  • Mark Neller (Director, Energy Business Leader UKIMEA at Arup)
  • Professor Paul Monks (Chief Scientific Adviser at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)
  • Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser (Government Chief Scientific Adviser at Government Office for Science)
  • Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Secretary of State at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)
Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 7 July 2021
9:00am Private
9:30am Public
The role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero - Oral evidence 7 July 2021
  • Professor Takeo Kikkawa (Distinguished fellow at Graduate School of International Management, International University of Japan.)
  • Professor Katsuhiko Hirose (CEO and Chief Consultant at HyWealth Co, and Visiting Professor at I2CER (International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research), Kyushu University;)
  • Franz Lehner (Head of Division International Cooperation at National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology)
  • Eric Heymann (Senior Economist at Deutsche Bank Research)
  • Dr Martin Hanton (Technical Director at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory)
  • Dr Jane Dennett-Thorpe (Deputy Director of Decarbonisation and Energy Transition at Ofgem)
Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 12 May 2021
9:00am Private
9:30am Public
The role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero - Oral evidence 12 May 2021
  • Carl Arntzen (CEO at Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd)
  • Professor Jianzhong Wu (Head of Engineering at Cardiff University)
  • Antony Green (Hydrogen Project Director at National Grid)
  • Angus McIntosh (Director of Energy Futures at SGN)
  • Dr Angela Needle (Director of Strategy at Cadent)
  • Professor Jon Gluyas (Executive Director at Durham Energy Institute)
  • Dr Jonathan Radcliffe (Reader in Energy Systems and Policy at University of Birmingham)
  • Professor Clare Grey (Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor of Chemistry at University of Cambridge)
  • Julian Leslie (Head of Networks at National Grid ESO)
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Wednesday 14 April 2021
9:00am Private
9:30am Public
The role of hydrogen in achieving Net Zero - Oral evidence 14 April 2021
  • Gloria Esposito (Head of Sustainability at Zemo Partnership)
  • Dave Rowlands (Fleet Engineering Director at Wincanton)
  • Dr Helen McAllister (Strategy and Planning Director at Network Rail)
  • Mike Muldoon (Head of Business Development, UK and Ireland at Alstom)
  • Richard Clegg (Chief Executive at Lloyds Register Foundation)
  • Morten Bo Christiansen (Vice President - Head of Decarbonisation at Maersk)
  • Glenn Llewellyn (Vice President, Zero Emission Aircraft at Airbus)
  • Dr Brian Yutko (Chief Engineer for Sustainability and Future Mobility at Boeing)
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

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