Cadent jointly hosted fringe events on hydrogen with political think tank Policy Exchange at this year’s Labour and Conservative party conferences.
Posing the question; ‘What is the role of hydrogen in a decarbonised world? Cadent’s team were joined by Alan Whitehead MP for Labour and James Heappey MP for Conservative, along with Mike Muldoon, Head of Business Development & Marketing at Alstom and others.
The events were a great opportunity to talk about what projects like HyNet could offer for industrial and domestic heat as well as transport. Having Alstom on the panel really opened up the conversation about the prospect of hydrogen trains for the UK, with Alstom leading early work in this area. Other debate centred around the challenge of full electrification of UK heat in terms of infrastructure and disruption, as well as how far hydrogen cold go as an alternative solution.
It followed Policy Exchange’s report on the same topic, which found that hydrogen was a cost-effective option to consider to lower carbon emissions from heat in the UK, particularly for industrial processes.