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FUNDING: Environmental response to hydrogen emissions

The use of hydrogen as a substitute for carbon-containing fossil fuels, such as natural gas, would lead to reductions in carbon dioxide and methane emissions and therefore have a significant climate benefit. However, leakage of hydrogen into the atmosphere during its production, storage, distribution and use will affect atmospheric composition, reducing the climate benefit and impacting air quality. A 2018 literature review, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), identified a number of evidence gaps which prevent accurate assessment of hydrogen’s environmental impact. These need to be urgently addressed to understand the implications of hydrogen use and enable unintended consequences of the delivery of a hydrogen economy to be minimised. This research programme aims to fill these through the following topics:

NEWS: Europe can be a global leader in shipping decarbonisation

The European Commission put forward a series of proposals to rein in shipping emissions as part of the “Fit for 55” legislative package. However, these proposals must be urgently strengthened if Europe is to achieve zero-emission shipping, write leaders from the Getting to Zero Coalition.

NEWS: UK Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment 4 (OESEA4)

BEIS is reviewing further draft plans for the leasing of offshore territorial waters for renewable energy and offshore production of hydrogen, as well as carbon dioxide storage and offshore fossil fuel activities. The Strategic Environmental Assessment is being subject to consultation with the relevant consultation bodies and the public.

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