‘Prize of green hydrogen could be within reach’

That’s according to GMB’s Andy Prendergast, who insists the benefits will only be met with the “right investment”

Big Zero Report 2023

“The prize of green hydrogen – a truly zero-carbon fuel, cheaply produced using wind power – could be within reach.”

That’s according to GMB’s National Secretary Andy Prendergast in a letter to the Guardian, who insists the benefits will only be met with the “right investment.”

The GMB Union represents “thousands” from the gas industry, he writes – and many members are now warming to the idea of the green gas.

Mr Prednergast says: “The substitution of hydrogen for natural gas can deliver a just transition in a range of industrial and domestic settings. Writing off such a solution when other countries are investing heavily in the technology threatens the future of those workers’ jobs.”

The costs of hydrogen are falling in line with investment, he argues – which can lead to a greener future with the right level of support.

He warns: “The UK risks repeating the mistakes of the renewables programme, when we failed to build up a domestic industrial base, which has left us reliant on imports.”

Ushering members of the union and the industry forward, he concludes: “There is a historic opportunity here to create a new export-led industry that assists with the decarbonisation of our own economy and we should seize it with both hands.”

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