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Energy networks comment on Environmental Audit Committee's call for a UK Hydrogen Strategy

06 August 2020

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Philip Dunne MP, Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee, has written to Business Secretary Alok Sharma calling for the Government to implement a hydrogen strategy for the UK.

Commenting, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses, said:

“We agree with the Committee’s view that using hydrogen is the best and most efficient way of decarbonising significant parts our economy. Shifting to a hydrogen economy is vital to hit our climate targets and drive forward green economic growth. Britain’s gas networks have been running hydrogen trials across the country and it is now time to build on our world-leading expertise and develop the UK’s own strategy. A UK strategy will help to maintain our global leadership position as well as deliver long-term benefits to homes and businesses across the country.”

Notes to editors

Philip Dunne MP's letter to the Secretary of State can be found here.

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).

Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.

Press contacts

Peter Kocen

Senior Press and Public Affairs Manager

+44 (0)7792 220 974

[email protected]

ENA Press Office

+44 (0)20 4599 7691
[email protected]