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As we start to return to our workplans, we need a new focus on Net Zero

Cadent

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The UK has the potential to become a world-leader in this technology, bringing jobs and investment and spearheading the green recovery from Covid-19.

Cadent has been recognised as a critical industry throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, and rightly so. 

During the lockdown, alongside ensuring no employees were furloughed or laid off, we stepped down our planned customer facing gas mains renewal work, only focusing on critical projects and emergencies.

But as we start to return to our workplans, we need a new focus on Net Zero. As we and others have made clear, there is no realistic scenario which allows the UK to hit its Net Zero target by 2050 without clean hydrogen playing a key role in decarbonising Heat, Transport, Power and Industrial Processes. 

Moreover, our research shows that the transition to Net Zero is significantly cheaper for consumers in scenarios where early investment is made to allow Blue and Green hydrogen to be part of the solution. A platform that builds on the strengths of a proven system. 

As the CCC report makes clear, hydrogen is critical to achieving net zero and needs to be deployed at scale across multiple sectors. This needs a full hydrogen strategy from government, with risk sharing for first users and producers to support market development.

And just as importantly, the report references helping people make low carbon choices with more real life trials and pilots so we learn by doing because difficult decisions will need to be made.

We welcome the Government’s moves in this area and urge them to keep them up the momentum. The UK has the potential to become a world-leader in this technology, bringing jobs and investment and spearheading the green recovery from Covid-19.”

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