Reducing carbon dioxide emissions from industry in the North West

Energy intensive industry has few options to reduce their carbon emissions. Tackling this challenge is the central focus of HyNet. To achieve this, it builds new hydrogen infrastructure facilitating the UK’s first ‘industrial hydrogen cluster’ by using hydrogen to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

The area covered by HyNet includes a high concentration of large industrial gas users in a relatively small geography. The industrial economy of the North West is based on a range of world class energy intensive industries. The industrial cluster includes global companies and brands across many sectors; from chemicals, glass and oil refining to food, paper and automotive. These companies seek to produce their products as sustainably as possible and minimising carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as much as is practicable, is part of that strategy.

Gas is used in direct-firing applications, for example, glass furnaces or kilns, in boilers for raising either high or low pressure steam (or hot water) and in combined heat and power applications.

Some North West industry already has existing scale sources of hydrogen, meaning that there is a strong established skills base for hydrogen production and handling in the region.

The high consistent demand for gas in a concentrated area from industry means that underground hydrogen storage is not required for the initial project. This significantly reduces costs compared with alternative projects in other regions.

Key fact

75% of the 1 million+ tonnes of COemissions saved under HyNet is from industry.

HyNet delivery

HyNet will supply hydrogen to 10 energy intensive industrial gas users with up to 100% hydrogen via a dedicated hydrogen pipeline. This will achieve a material reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing industrial CO2 emissions helps to protect jobs by reducing exposure to carbon related costs from gas use.

Supporting industrial growth

Industry in the North West employs over 100,000 people. Lowering exposure to carbon related costs from gas use will help to protect regional jobs.

Putting North West industry in the lead

HyNet can position North West industry as UK leaders in achieving lower CO2 emissions; and pioneering hydrogen skills and technologies.

As an exemplar first industrial hydrogen cluster programme in the UK; it can showcase how reduced CO2 emissions can secure jobs, and contribute to cleaner air and help meet national climate change targets.

By building on the broad and deep existing technical skills base for hydrogen in the region, it can create a centre of expertise for the research, development and application of hydrogen technologies. This offers significant opportunities for skills export.

Industry is playing an active role on the development of HyNet, and in the wider low carbon energy innovation work taking place across the region. Find out more about collaboration here.