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Next steps for the UK hydrogen industry - policy and regulation, business models, sector development, infrastructure and supply chain, and competitive positioning

February 2023

Price: £150 PLUS VAT

This conference focused on priorities for growing the hydrogen industry in the UK, with the Government outlining an ambition to double the UK’s hydrogen production target to up to 10GW by 2030.

It was a timely opportunity to assess the increasing advances across a range of technologies, what is needed to deliver deployment at the scale and pace needed, and what these developments mean for the positioning of hydrogen in the future energy mix across industry, power, heat, and transport.

Stakeholders and key policymakers also considered policy developments, including:

  • the Government’s Hydrogen Investor Roadmap, setting out the 2035 delivery plan - with the updated Hydrogen production business model published in December 2022
  • Hydrogen transport and storage infrastructure - the BEIS consultation looking at commercial and strategic planning, and regulatory arrangements

They also discussed what is needed to build a secure supply chain, overcome infrastructure challenges such as grid connection and water use, and longer-term opportunities such as exports.

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Katie Ostheimer, Deputy Director for the Hydrogen Economy, BEIS; and Jane Toogood, UK Hydrogen Champion; and Chief Executive, Catalyst Technologies, Johnson Matthey.

Overall, sessions in the agenda looked at:

  • policy:
    • priorities for accelerating technology deployment across the UK and supporting the growth of the UK hydrogen industry
    • options for regulation and its role in growing the hydrogen economy in the UK
  • delivery:
    • assessing the pace and scale of hydrogen rollout and establishing grid connection
    • options for restructuring electricity and gas systems, and next steps for Project Union
    • opportunities for hydrogen fuel hub development
    • the way forward for developing transport and storage infrastructure
    • reducing environmental impacts of water use in hydrogen sector projects
  • sector development:
    • the role of hydrogen in the future energy mix
    • the current state of energy markets and their implications for hydrogen
    • the potential impact of hydrogen deployment at scale on energy security and low-carbon generation
    • navigating market and policy challenges
    • developing business models for hydrogen
    • driving investment and supporting industry confidence

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from BEIS; Cabinet Office; DAERA, NI; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; DIT; DLUHC; Department for the Economy, NI;  Department for Infrastructure, NI; DfT; Department of Finance NI; Environment Agency; GLD; Health and Safety Executive; Health and Safety Executive for NI; HM Treasury; Maritime & Coastguard Agency; MoD; NIC; ORR; Planning Inspectorate; Transport Scotland; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.

This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda