Why HyNet?

Energy innovation is moving fast. Consumers are keen for clean, affordable and efficient energy options; and there is pressing need to take big strides towards meeting our 2030 and 2050 climate change commitments. Low carbon initiatives across heat, power and transport represent a major opportunity for clean economic growth.

With flexibility for use in heat and transport, hydrogen combines decarbonisation with export and investment opportunities. Advancing the use of hydrogen with Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) would position the UK as leaders in a global low carbon economy.

HyNet has the potential to be a flagship project for the hydrogen economy. It’s ambitious, but achievable. It can be delivered at low cost and would be a significant step towards meeting the UK’s climate change commitments. Crucially, it creates the UK’s first CCUS infrastructure at low cost, a vital technology to enable substantial decarbonisation in the future.

Meeting the 2050 carbon reduction targets

HyNet NW tackles the big issues – industrial and domestic heat emissions. In demonstrating industrial cluster decarbonisation and CCUS in action, HyNet can lead the way for similar projects across the UK.

Success for HyNet is dependent on some key decisions. Positive government support for CCUS is a priority and funding needs to be agreed.

At Cadent, we’re excited about HyNet. We developed the project with our partners Progressive Energy as part of our work exploring how the gas networks can help to provide practical and affordable solutions for customers in a low carbon future.

We’re looking forward to the next phase of HyNet and starting the journey to deliver clean growth for our customers in the North West.