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Scotland earmarks £100 million for green hydrogen development efforts

December 23, 2020

The National:

The Scottish government is to commit £100 million to developing hydrogen as a greener form of power. Industry bosses said Scotland had the opportunity to be a “leading hydrogen nation” – with ministers pledging to invest the cash over five years.

The funding was announced as ministers set the target of Scotland producing 5GW (gigawatts) of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 – enough to power the equivalent of 1.8 million homes. This could then be increased to “at least 25GW by 2045”, according to a new Scottish Government policy paper.

Ministers will set out more detail about how this could be achieved in a hydrogen action plan, to be published next year. The UK government will also produce its own hydrogen strategy in 2021, with ministers there having similarly set the target of 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030.

Ahead of next year’s action plan, the Scottish government published a policy statement setting out how developing hydrogen capacity could help with both meeting emission reductions targets and in “generating new economic opportunities in Scotland”.

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said Scotland was the first country in the UK to publish a hydrogen policy statement that “sets out how we can make the most of Scotland’s massive potential in this new sector.

“Indeed, Scotland is one of the best-placed nations anywhere in the world to develop competitively priced hydrogen for our own economy’s needs and to generate a surplus in supply to export to other European nations with emerging demand but insufficient supply to meet their own needs.”

[Richard Mason]

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