To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the role that Scotland can play in the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the UK's hydrogen strategy.
10 September 2020
I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on a range of policy issues of importance to the UK and to Scotland.
The Government is committed to the development of hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier for the UK. We are currently developing our strategic approach to hydrogen and its potential to deliver against our net zero goals and we will set out our plans in due course.
Scotland is well placed to play a significant role in the development of the hydrogen strategy and to grow the hydrogen economy. Indeed, two projects based in the north-east of Scotland have already benefitted from the award of contracts worth a total of £5.8m through the £33m Hydrogen Supply competition.