UK’s first ‘Hydrogen Champion’ announced

This is to help push forward the £9bn investment needed to make it a key part of the country’s energy mix

Big Zero Report 2023

The UK has appointed Jane Toogood as the country’s first Hydrogen Champion, tasked with ensuring the government’s net zero ambitions are met.

By 2030, the UK has pledged to build 10GW of hydrogen capacity, creating 12,000 jobs in the process.

After announcing Ms Toogood’s new role, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also stated that the government is on track to unlocking the £9 billion investment to make hydrogen a key element of the UK’s energy mix for years to come.

A joint allocation round for green hydrogen projects has also been announced by Energy Minister Greg Hands, with funding mate available from the £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund.

This will go towards hydrogen transport, including the eventual fuelling of 45,000 buses each year.

Jane Toogood said: “As the UK’s Hydrogen Champion, working with industry and government, I hope to ensure we make progress in building a thriving hydrogen economy ensuring private sector investment and policy decisions are aligned to support timely decisions and outcomes.”

Kwasi Kwarteng added: “I look forward to working with Jane Toogood as our new Hydrogen Champion, ensuring industry and government are aligned to accelerate hydrogen production as a clean, home grown energy source – boosting our energy security and creating jobs.”

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