Hydrogen can offer a clean energy solution to parts of the economy that are difficult to decarbonise. Think industrial processes, industrial and domestic heat and hard-to-electrify transport (such as heavy-duty vehicles or ships).
Although it is the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen must be produced by separating it from other elements in water and fossil fuels. While producing it requires energy, hydrogen is emission-free at the point of use.
The immediate challenge is how to scale-up production and bring down the price. To do this, low carbon hydrogen must move up the policy agenda to catalyse investment and infrastructure, and create a competitive market.
According to the Hydrogen Council, in a net zero world demand for clean (renewable and low carbon) hydrogen could increase from 90 million metric tons (MT) today to 660 MT in 2050, making up 22 per cent of the final energy demand globally then.
But how can hydrogen support your net zero journey?