The four gas distribution networks (Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales and West Utilities, and the Energy & Utilities Alliance have joined together to support a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hydrogen.
APPG’s are cross-party groups of MPs and Peers for topics of public interest, in this case, “raising awareness of, and building support for large scale hydrogen projects”. The formation of the new group reflects the growing interest in the potential of hydrogen for future low carbon heat and transport, to help the UK to meet decarbonisation targets set through the Climate Change Act and the Paris Agreement.
The creation of the APPG has also received the backing of UNISON and the GMB, who both support the development of large scale hydrogen projects to create and sustain thousands of jobs.
Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, has welcomed the establishment of the APPG on Hydrogen. She said:
“Hydrogen shows huge potential as a vector in a clean, safe, flexible, future energy system; which is why we’re investing over £60m in hydrogen projects as part of our modern industrial strategy. The creation of this group shows the increasing excitement around hydrogen and the role it can play in meeting the Clean Growth Grand Challenge.”
You can keep up to date with the work of the APPG here.