Hydrogen for the Scottish Energy Networks in 203

The Scottish Government has set out their vision for Scotland's electricity and gas networks to 2030. The Electricity and Gas Networks Vision builds on Scotland's Energy Strategy, which was published in December 2017. The Networks Vision considers how Scotland's electricity and gas network infrastructure will continue to support the energy transition, the crucial role that Scotland's electricity and gas networks will play in the energy transition currently underway.

This new Networks Vision reinforces the key role that hydrogen could play in connecting and helping decarbonise our heat, industrial and transport systems. Hydrogen also has the potential to transform our urban, rural and island economies, and support the expansion of renewable energy.

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Aberdeen's H2 Buses Achieve 1 Million Miles

Aberdeen’s fleet of hydrogen buses has exceeded one million miles, confirming the city’s reputation as a global energy innovator. The public and private sector partnership has also created a network of infrastructure for the city, including Scotland’s first commercial scale production and refuelling stations at Kittybrewster and Cove as well as a dedicated hydrogen vehicle maintenance facility. The buses emit only water vapour, reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, as well as being quieter and smoother to run.

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Met Office predicts faster Global CO₂ rise in 2019

During 2019 Met Office climate scientists expect to see one of the largest rises in atmospheric carbon-dioxide concentration in 62 years of measurements.  This Met Office  CO₂ forecast is based on a combination of factors including rising anthropogenic emissions and a relative reduction in the uptake of carbon-dioxide by ecosystems due to tropical climate variability.

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Just Transition Commission Remit Announced

The Just Transition Commission will look at how to maximise the social and economic opportunities for Scotland offered by moving to a carbon neutral economy. It will be chaired by Professor Jim Skea, who is also the Co-Chair of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Scottish Government is committed to growing a low-carbon, inclusive economy. Scotland’s Economic Strategy sets out the ambition to create a more cohesive and resilient economy that improves the opportunities, life chances, and wellbeing of every citizen in our country, and the Climate Change Bill commits Scotland to being carbon-neutral by 2050.

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H21: Hydrogen could decarbonise 15% of UK homes by 2034

Northern Gas Networks have today released their H21 North of England report which sets out detailed plans on how hydrogen could be used as a way to deliver clean energy to millions of homes across the North of England. It outlines how over 3.7 million homes and 40,000 businesses and industries in the north of England that are heated by natural gas could be converted to hydrogen by 2034. The UK is ready to lead the way in reducing CO2 emissions with the world’s largest clean energy project, which will contribute towards reducing carbon emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. Currently, over 30% of emissions come from domestic heating and cooking.

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CCC report on Public Acceptance of H2 in the home

A new report for the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on the Public acceptability of the use of hydrogen for heating and cooking in the home by Madano and Element Energy assesses the wider acceptance of two alternative low-carbon technologies for heating the home: hydrogen heating and heat pumps. These technologies could potentially replace natural gas in many UK households as part of the government’s efforts to decrease carbon emissions in the UK. This research allows strong conclusions to be drawn around the specific factors that drive public acceptability of alternatives to natural gas. The way in which different aspects of each heating technology are framed can influence views and ultimately swing opinion.

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CCC reports Hydrogen is a credible option for the future

A new report released today by the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on ‘Hydrogen in a Low Carbon Economy’ gives the very clear message that Hydrogen is a credible option to help decarbonise the UK energy system, but also highlights this depends on early Government commitment and improved support to develop the UK’s industrial capability with a statement that ‘The UK must now prepare for the key decisions on zero-carbon energy’. This report finds hydrogen could replace natural gas in parts of the energy system, where electrification is not feasible or is prohibitively expensive, for example in providing heat on colder winter days, industrial heat processes and back-up power generation. Hydrogen should be viewed as a credible option in the next stage of the UK’s energy transition, and the report offers a new impetus for early Government action.

The report finds hydrogen could replace natural gas in parts of the energy system, where electrification is not feasible or is prohibitively expensive, for example in providing heat on colder winter days, industrial heat processes and back-up power generation. Hydrogen should be viewed as a credible option in the next stage of the UK’s energy transition, and the report offers a new impetus for early Government action.

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IPCC releases Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today released their Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC. The IPCC is the leading world body for assessing the science related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options. This report contains many important messages about the steps which need to be taken to avoid dangerous climate change, and also key references to the role of hydrogen in meeting global climate targets.

This report contains many important messages about the steps which need to be taken to avoid dangerous climate change, and also key references to the role of hydrogen in meeting global climate targets.

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HyDIME hydrogen ferry project for Orkney Islands

Innovate UK has awarded funding to develop the UK’s first hydrogen injection system for a hydrogen/diesel ferry. The consortium is led by Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited and includes Orkney Islands Council and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The HyDIME (Hydrogen Diesel Injection in a Marine Environment) project will design and integrate a hydrogen diesel dual fuel injection system on board a commercial ferry to be deployed in the Orkney Islands.

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