The UK energy industry is calling on the Government to commit to a hydrogen future, and has launched a campaign to raise awareness of hydrogen gas for heating homes
The ‘Hello Hydrogen’ Campaign (www.hellohydrogen.com) sees gas distribution networks, boiler manufacturers and energy suppliers come together to raise households’ awareness on the low-carbon gas’s role in reducing CO2 emissions.
Members of the group hope the information hub will teach people about new hydrogen – ready boilers and cookers that could be used to heat their homes in the future. The switch from natural gas to hydrogen for home heating could cut CO2 emissions by 20 million tonnes a year – equivalent to 12 million cars – but the industry want clear guidance from the Government that it remains committed to hydrogen as it steps up efforts to develop the necessary technology.
Campaign Director, Angela Needle said: “For too long, consumers have only heard about expensive options that take up lots of space, to make their homes greener. We want them to know other, more affordable, choices will be available. We now need the Government to get behind our campaign and show real commitment to a hydrogen future so the energy sector can start the huge investment needed to make it a reality. This will boost the economy, create jobs in the UK, allow us to have control over our energy again and reduce carbon emissions.”
Campaign Chair, Victoria Billings of Worcester Bosch UK said: “The industry is coming together to build a hydrogen future that means household bills are no longer linked to global events. That’s why we’ve launched the Hello Hydrogen campaign to make sure consumers are kept fully informed of the choices they have for the future of heating their homes. We want hydrogen-ready boilers to play their part in heating homes across the country, knowing they will fit in the same place as traditional boilers and will cost the same price, but we need to know the Government are fully behind hydrogen as a choice for millions of households.”