HyNet North West is the UK’s leading industrial decarbonisation project that will unlock a low carbon future. HyNet will meet the major challenge of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, providing low carbon power for industry, transport and low carbon heating for our homes and businesses.
From the mid-2020s, HyNet will produce, store and distribute low carbon hydrogen as well as capture and lock up carbon dioxide emissions from industry. Using state-of-the-art technology to build new infrastructure, we will also upgrade and reuse existing infrastructure which is currently involved in the production of fossil fuel.
By 2030, HyNet will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10 million tonnes every year – the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off the road. This will create and maintain thousands of local jobs, enabling long-term sustainability for businesses and financial security for communities.
HyNet will help to create the UK’s hydrogen economy in clear, achievable steps, positioning the UK at the forefront of clean energy innovation, supporting our drive to net zero.
The project reaches across the North West and North Wales. With its history of bold innovation and rich industrial heritage, the region is perfectly placed to lead the low carbon energy transition.
Read HyNet’s Vision document here.
the hynet process
HyNet North West is a project that will bring together the proven technology and infrastructure needed to drive towards a net zero future. This includes infrastructure to:
- Capture and lock away carbon emissions (CCS)
- Produce, transport and store low carbon hydrogen
2050 vision our TIMELINE
We aim to unlock a low carbon future for the North West of England and North Wales by facilitating the decarbonisation of industry as we work towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050. To find out more about how we plan to achieve this, visit our phases page.
- Developing the infrastructure for capturing and storing CO₂ emissions known as carbon capture and storage (CCS).
- Developing the infrastructure for low carbon hydrogen production, transportation and storage.
- Running demonstrations to blend hydrogen in to the gas network to power homes and businesses and in to industrial processes.
- Hydrogen infrastructure will begin to supply clean power to industry, and blended hydrogen power to homes
- Infrastructure will begin to capture carbon for industry which can’t use low carbon power.
- Over 1 million tonnes of CO₂ being directly removed from regional industy every year.
- Low carbon hydrogen will begin to provide flexible power and be used to fuelling transport.
- Develop opportunities for negative emission, lower cost, lower carbon hydrogen production.
- Over 25 million tonnes of carbon saved each year potentially.