Hydrogen:Written question - 69549

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 06 July 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU steps to establish a clean hydrogen alliance; and what information he holds on the steps the EU is taking to establish a formal working group for regular engagement with UK industry.
Answered by: Kwasi Kwarteng
Answered on: 14 July 2020

We recognise that the scale up and demonstration of hydrogen’s potential in meeting Paris commitments is a global challenge. We are an active member of Mission Innovation and the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy. Since the UK has left the European Union, we are seeking to engage and cooperate with the EU on hydrogen through normal diplomatic channels. Therefore, the UK will not attend EU meetings or working groups on this topic other than in exceptional circumstances. Whilst the UK is leaving the EU single market, it remains an important part of the gas supply system for North West Europe. The UK, including industry, can expect to work cooperatively with its neighbours to sustain this mutually beneficial relationship into the future as the methane gas market is decarbonised, potentially leading to a European hydrogen market. The UK is undertaking extensive stakeholder engagement.  As part of this we are looking to formalise regular engagement between Government and industry to discuss and drive development of the UK hydrogen economy.

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