Climate emergency, it certainly feels that way.

5th Aug 2019


The previous PM, Theresa May, left one legacy that is having an impact (I’m sure there will be others but I just don’t know what they are) and that is signing up to NetZero.

It has certainly had an impact. Whitehall is busy trying to pull together policy options that can be presented to politicians and ultimately the people. One of them is a gas network based on hydrogen not methane.

The GDNs, groups like IGEM and ENA as well as ourselves have been tasked with meeting very tight deadlines as we try and plot a course to transform the gas networks from methane-based to hydrogen. And no surprise to me, the GDNs and their leadership, are rising to that challenge. It strikes me as a sea-change in Whitehall interest and determination to meet NetZero using gas.

The last two weeks have shown why, locally, addressing the international climate emergency is important. We saw record heat last week and this morning, while writing this blog, I’m watching Whaley Bridge evacuated as a dam is at risk of bursting and flooding a small Derbyshire town. Now I know you can’t correlate these single incidents with climate change but the science tells us that these extreme weather events are likely to become more frequent as global warming takes place.

So those working on hydrogen this summer (including staff here at EUA) are playing their part in addressing this climate emergency. For those who see climate change protestors on our streets and worry about their anti-gas attitude, here’s a tip from a recovering politician. Let’s talk about hydrogen being a ‘green gas’ – which it is; let’s talk about the transformation of the network from methane to hydrogen (or biogas) as being part of ‘The New Green Deal’ and let’s make sure we talk up the fact that the ‘costs involved’ will involve ‘unionised jobs’ delivering this change. All of this is true but as an industry, we never shout about it do we?

Best wishes

Mike Foster, CEO