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Hydrogen ‘key’ to zero carbon commitment, says Rotheram

Hydrogen will play a “key role” in the Liverpool City Region’s zero carbon commitment, according to Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

The leader was among speakers at the ‘Delivering the Hydrogen Economy’ event in Runcorn, which was attended by more than 200 delegates.

Organised by Halton Borough Council, the event featured the launch of the ‘Network-supplied hydrogen unlocks low carbon transport opportunities’ report by gas distribution network Cadent, showcasing the hydrogen projects helping to position the North West as pioneers in the technology.

INOVYN, a wholly owned subsidiary of INEOS, also announced plans for a study into the potential for grid-scale storage of bulk hydrogen in salt caverns in mid Cheshire.

Large-scale, low cost hydrogen storage is said to be essential to the development of hydrogen into the gas grid, and a Cheshire facility is expected to be able to store around 2,000 tonnes at a lower cost than above ground storage.

Government officials, regional politicians and industrial partners were among attendees at the event, which featured further presentations from businesses including Alstom, BOC Gases, North West Hydrogen Alliance, Peel Environmental, ULEMCo and Costain.

Speaking about the Liverpool City Region, Mayor Rotheram said: “If we are to meet our commitment to be a zero carbon city region by 2040, urgent action is needed to move to alternative fuel sources.  Hydrogen will play a key role in that process, and we, with our neighbours, are well-placed to lead the way in this emerging technology.

“We are 100% committed to supporting our city region’s growing low carbon energy sector, through wind, solar and our own Mersey Tidal Project, and hydrogen is likely to be a very important part of the energy mix, as we aim to become the UK’s renewable energy coast.”

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