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A five-year plan to help build Scotland’s hydrogen economy and deliver the technology to provide nearly a sixth of Scotland’s energy needs by 2030 has been published.
Backed by more than £100 million, the draft Hydrogen Action Plan sets out the strategic approach the Scottish Government will take with industry to help make Scotland become a leading nation in the production of reliable, competitive and sustainable hydrogen.
The five-year capital investment programme will focus on supporting regional renewable hydrogen production hubs and renewable hydrogen projects.
The first tranche of investment will be a £10 million Hydrogen Innovation Fund, to be launched next year to drive technological progress and advance innovation and cost reduction within the emerging sector.
Net Zero and Energy Secretary Michael Matheson MSP said: ‘Hydrogen has an important role to play in our journey to a net zero economy, by supporting the bold, urgent action required to deliver cleaner, greener energy and also by supporting a just transition – creating good, green jobs for our highly skilled workforce.
‘Scotland has the resources, the people and the ambition to become a world leader in hydrogen production and our Hydrogen Action Plan sets out how we will work collaboratively with the energy sector to drive progress over the next five years.
‘Both renewable and low-carbon hydrogen will play an increasingly important role in Scotland’s energy transition.
‘Our priorities are to get as much renewable hydrogen into the energy system as quickly as possible while supporting the establishment of low-carbon hydrogen production at scale in the 2020s, linked to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).’
The consultation on the draft Hydrogen Action Plan will run until 19 January 2022.
A £100 million, five-year funding commitment was announced in December 2020 alongside the publication of the Hydrogen Policy Statement, which sets out an ambition for 5 Gigawatts (GW) of renewable (green) and low-carbon (blue) hydrogen power within the next ten years – and 25 GW by 2045.