More than 650 homes in a small village near Newcastle will this year become the first on the UK’s public gas grid to be heated partially by hydrogen, as energy companies test ways to slash emissions from one of the most polluting parts of the economy. Up to 20 per cent hydrogen will be blended into the natural gas network that serves the village of Winlaton in Gateshead towards the end of the first quarter of 2021. It will mark a key milestone in tests to see if hydrogen — which does not emit carbon dioxide when burnt — could help reduce the climate impact of buildings in the UK, which were last year the third biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions, behind industry and surface transport. Currently about 85 per cent of homes and 63 per cent of public and commercial properties are heated with polluting natural gas.
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