Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Next steps for the hydrogen industry in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 29th February 2024

This conference will discuss priorities for developing hydrogen production, decarbonisation and commercialisation in the UK.

It is bringing key stakeholders together with policy makers to assess next steps for financing hydrogen projects following the latest Hydrogen Allocation Round (HAR2), alongside opportunities for making hydrogen more competitive and creating resilient markets.

Following the recommendations in the Hydrogen Champion Report, there will be discussion on overcoming logistical challenges along the supply chain, achieving more effective transport and storage solutions, and the way forward for addressing costs and affordability.

The discussion also takes place in the context of calls from the hydrogen industry for government to incentivise green investment, amidst concern over recent changes to milestones for implementation of aspects of net zero policy.

Further sessions will examine strategies for tackling obstacles to production, scaling up and implementation of hydrogen as a competitive option for key industries, such as domestic heating, transport, maritime, aviation and heavy industry.

We also expect discussion on frameworks for collaboration between stakeholders in hydrogen and the wider energy sector, key markets, R&D and investment, and government and regulation.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Katie Ostheimer, Deputy Director, Hydrogen Supply, DESNZ; Jane Toogood, UK Hydrogen Champion; and Co-Chair, Hydrogen Advisory Council; Nick Winser, Commissioner, NIC; and Clare Jackson, Chief Executive, Hydrogen UK.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Policy: supporting commercialisation - next steps for building the hydrogen market, following the allocation of funds to hydrogen projects in strands 1 and 2 of the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund
  • Growing the hydrogen economy: opportunities and challenges for enabling hydrogen uptake - cost and logistics - safety and investment priorities
  • Competitiveness: assessing the viability of hydrogen as a renewable alternative in the mix of options across key sectors
  • Supply issues: logistics and practicalities - strategies for tackling barriers to sourcing the critical minerals and other raw materials necessary to grow the UK hydrogen economy
  • Business models: assessing approaches - plans for addressing challenges around the sliding scale mechanism
  • Infrastructure: next steps for planning, designing and implementing solutions for hydrogen transport and storage, including refuelling stations and pipelines
  • Regulation: promoting affordability - reducing supply chain costs and end user economic burden in the transition to green hydrogen
  • Strategic outlook: planning for 2030 production targets and beyond - priorities for development and implementation in the near- and longer-term for government and industry

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from CCC; CMA; DAERA NI; DBT; Defra; Department for Infrastructure NI; Department for the Economy NI; DESNZ; DfT; DLUHC; EA; GLD; HMRC; HM Treasury; HSE; Isle of Man Government; MOD; NAO; ONS; OPSS; Planning Inspectorate; UKIB; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.

Keynote Speakers

Clare Jackson

Chief Executive, Hydrogen UK

Katie Ostheimer

Deputy Director, Hydrogen Economy, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

Keynote Speakers

Clare Jackson

Chief Executive, Hydrogen UK

Katie Ostheimer

Deputy Director, Hydrogen Economy, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

Jane Toogood

UK Hydrogen Champion; and Co-Chair, Hydrogen Advisory Council

Nick Winser CBE

Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission


Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister, Climate Change and Net Zero

Christine Jardine MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hydrogen


Matthew Day

Head of Power-to-X, EDF Renewables

Dr Martin Hanton

Green Energy and Sustainability Director, TÜV SÜD UK

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofgem

Catherine Raw

Managing Director, SSE Thermal

James Samworth

Partner and Co-Head, Energy Transition Team, Schroders Greencoat

Professor Sara Walker

Director, Hub on Hydrogen Integration for Accelerated Energy Transitions (HI-ACT), Newcastle University

Kiro Tamer

Head of Environmental Sustainability, Keltbray

Mark Selby

Chief Innovation Officer, Ceres Power

Patrick Robinson

Consultant, Burges Salmon

Juliet Phillips

Senior Policy Advisor, E3G