Moving quickly on hydrogen strategy will be key

Wafa Jafri, energy director at KPMG UK comments on UK Government's Hydrogen Strategy

Wafa Jafri, energy director at KPMG UK comments on UK Government's Hydrogen Strategy

“Given the scale and increasing urgency of the net zero challenge, it's critical that the Government executes this strategy well. This will mean offering bold and ambitious leadership ahead of COP26. While the plan shows good progress has been made on how to upscale hydrogen production, more pace and thinking are required to understand how this will interact with other equally important parts of the value chain, such as networks, storage and early applications of hydrogen.

“We need to move quickly beyond feasibility studies and trials to ensure tangible progress in areas such as the widescale blending of 20% hydrogen into the existing networks, building on the success of recent proven delivery in blending. It will also be crucial to provide a flexible offtake for hydrogen while incrementally decarbonising important sectors such as residential heat.

“Perhaps the single most important aspect of reaching net zero will be consumer buy-in, particularly in areas that directly affect how we live our lives, like transport and heating. It’s therefore imperative that we find affordable and workable solutions available to large parts of the population while causing the minimum of disruption.”


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About KPMG

KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, operates from 21 offices across the UK with approximately 16,000 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a revenue of £2.3 billion in the year ended 30 September 2020. KPMG is a global organisation of independent professional services firms providing Audit, Legal, Tax and Advisory services. It operates in 147 countries and territories and has more than 219,000 people working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee. KPMG International Limited and its related entities do not provide services to clients.

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