15 Jul How is green hydrogen propelling the UK toward Net Zero?
As the UK’s net zero targets grow ever nearer, finding sustainable and innovative ways to progress has become a necessity. This is why green hydrogen is an essential component in the country’s decarbonisation plan.
It is estimated that green hydrogen could supply up to 25% of the world’s energy needs by 2050. Countries such as Australia, Chile, Japan and New Zealand have helped to underpin these stats with their national hydrogen strategies.
So, what is green hydrogen and how can it help the UK reach its own net zero goals?
What is green hydrogen?
Green hydrogen’s potential has been realised across the world, and the list of possibilities continues to grow. As well as powering homes and rebalancing electricity grids, green hydrogen could soon be used to power trucks, planes, and ships. This versatility paired with its sustainable potential makes green hydrogen an ideal option as we move toward an eco-friendly future.
Yet, using green hydrogen does not come without its problems. It is a volatile and flammable element meaning serious safety measurements would need to be put in place. It is also incredibly expensive and energy intensive.
Hydrogen, and more specifically green hydrogen, requires a lot of energy, and generating it through electrolysis comes at a very high cost. Fortunately, the UK has become a global leader in the manufacturing and design of hydrogen and electrolysis systems. This gives the country an advantage in terms of generation and has the potential to considerably grow UK jobs and exports.
How is green hydrogen impacting the UK?
Implementing new, green energy strategies not only keeps the UK on track to its net zero goals, but also gives a much needed boost to the economy. It is estimated that 74,000 jobs could be created if the government commits to hydrogen. And over £320 billion could be generated by the industry as the UK becomes a significant green hydrogen exporter.
85% of UK households use gas central heating. Along with cooking and industrial processes, heating accounts for 37% of the UK’s carbon emissions. So, it is crucial that we focus on finding sustainable ways of generating energy for homes and businesses.
In 2019 Greater London recorded over 3,600 deaths attributed to air pollution. London council have launched a group of 20 new environmentally friendly buses. These hydrogen buses have joined a group of 500 electric vehicles around the city. This is to reduce TfL’s carbon footprint, ensure cleaner air and keep London buses on track to reaching zero emissions by 2030.
Where does ESS come in?
At ESS, we understand the importance of finding new and innovative ways to become sustainable. And as we approach the UK’s net zero targets, this has become even more vital.
From procurement, on-site generation, and waste management – we make energy plans simple and sustainable. We focus on finding new and efficient ways to help our clients strive towards a greener future.
Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help you incorporate renewable energy into your day-to-day life.