Delay risks UK hydrogen advantage: MP
Strategy to be published ‘soon’: minister
Budget finalizing possible reason for delay
The UK government has further delayed its long-awaited hydrogen strategy, pushing back publication to an unspecified future date as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy seeks to finalize a budget for related support measures, a member of the government’s hydrogen advisory council told S&P Global Platts.
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In June, BEIS said the strategy would be published before the parliamentary summer recess from July 22. A spokesman said on July 21, however, that the strategy would be published “in due course,” but was unable to give a specific date.
The strategy is seen as a key tenet of the UK’s plans to meet its net-zero CO2 emissions ambitions, and the industry is awaiting details of the strategy to inform investment decisions in the sector.
“We urgently need a hydrogen strategy so that businesses across the UK can unlock their true potential and develop a low carbon future,” British Conservative Member of Parliament and vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hydrogen Alexander Stafford said in emailed comments July 21.
“Any further delays would risk the UK losing our inbuilt hydrogen advantage, and allow other countries to rapidly close …….