It’s my pleasure to provide a foreword for this exciting initiative by the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. Across government we aspire for the UK to take a leading global role in developing low carbon technologies and markets, working with our international partners and UK Industry associations like the UK HFCA.  Hydrogen looks set to become one of those very important technologies that will help the UK and others decarbonise. Collaboration on low-carbon hydrogen will be particularly important with the UK hosting COP26 this year, as we seek to turbo-charge the development and deployment of low carbon technologies that will enable countries to achieve their clean energy transitions. This momentum will continue beyond COP26, as we pursue opportunities to collaborate with other leading and developing nations in helping to build a global hydrogen economy.

The UK was the first major economy to embrace a legal obligation to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It’s clear that low carbon hydrogen has a critical role to play in this transition to net zero, with the potential to overcome some of the trickiest decarbonisation challenges facing our economy – especially in our vital industrial heartlands. The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution builds on the net-zero foundation, firmly embedding low carbon hydrogen into the government’s plan to build back better with a cleaner, greener energy system.

The UK has now published its National Hydrogen Strategy setting out the frameworks, roadmap, policies, and support for developing an internationally leading hydrogen economy. Working with industry, our ambition is for the deployment of 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy. The strategy outlines a comprehensive roadmap for the development of the wider hydrogen economy over the 2020s to deliver our 5GW ambition by the end of the decade. It also sets out our twin-track approach to supporting both electrolytic ‘green’ and carbon capture (CCUS)-enabled ‘blue’ hydrogen production, alongside other potential production routes, which will enable the rapid growth of the sector while bringing down cost.

As the Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change I want to ensure the UK is seen as a world-class destination for hydrogen technology development and manufacturing by investors across the globe, and I’d like to see UK-made technologies being used around the world to propel decarbonisation. As the oldest and largest pan UK association, dedicated to supporting stakeholders across the entire value chain of both the hydrogen sector and the fuel cell industry, I am certain that the UK HFCA, with over 15 years of experience, will continue to lead the way in advocating for the role of hydrogen in accelerating the transition to Net Zero.

Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Minister of State for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change

Minister Hands Foreword to UK HFCA COP26 Website.