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Hydrogen: Carbon Emissions

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 72587, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the use of blue hydrogen in achieving net zero.

Answered on

18 November 2021

Low carbon hydrogen will be vital for meeting our legally-binding commitment to achieving net zero by 2050, with potential to help decarbonise vital UK industry sectors and provide flexible energy across heat, power and transport.

The Net Zero Strategy confirms the government’s ‘twin-track’ approach to supporting both electrolytic ‘green’ and carbon capture (CCUS)-enabled ‘blue’ hydrogen production alongside multiple other production routes. Analysis from BEIS and the Climate Change Committee suggests that both routes will be needed to deliver low carbon hydrogen at the required scale and cost.