Environmentalists are warning the government to ignore what they call “hype” over the use of hydrogen to provide heat. New natural gas boilers will be phased out next decade because their emissions add to climate change. Oil and gas firms are pushing for so-called “blue” hydrogen to be used to provide heat instead. But environmentalists say electric heat pumps are a much better option for most homes. In a letter to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng on Friday, groups including climate think tank E3G, WWF, and Greenpeace urged the government to drop funding for “blue” hydrogen. They said that it appears to be environmentally-benign, but really it’s not.
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Government policy on developing hydrogen as a new clean energy source risks keeping the UK hooked on fossil fuels, climate campaigners have warned. Groups including E3G, Greenpeace and WWF have written to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, warning that the oil and gas industry is trying to lock the UK into fossil fuel-based hydrogen. They urged him to avoid rolling out hydrogen-ready boilers for homes nationwide or blending natural gas with hydrogen in the gas grid as it would keep the UK reliant on fossil fuels and undermine climate action.
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THE OGTC is set to invest up to £1 million in game-changing technologies to accelerate the production, storage and use of hydrogen, as well as its transportation. It has extended its call for ideas after recent initiatives in the Scottish Government’s hydrogen policy statement and the £10 billion funding for the North Sea transition deal. Submissions will have to focus on technologies which will decarbonise offshore operations and help the UK become the world’s first net-zero basin. [The Oil and Gas Technology Centre has given itself a soft rebrand as simply “OGTC”, dropping hydrocarbons from the title.]
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