Greening the grid - hydrogen as the key to decarbonising the UK's gas network

Average household emissions three tonnes

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Richard Hulf and JJ Traynor
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Richard Hulf and JJ Traynor

Blending 20% of the game-changing fuel into the gas grid could trigger significant carbon reductions, positioning the UK as a leader in the global energy transition.

Britain's world-leading gas network spans 284,000km, with 85% of UK homes connected to the gas grid. Historically, the grid was fuelled by ‘town gas' - a heavy-polluting gas created from coal and consisting mainly of hydrogen, methane, and carbon monoxide - until it was displaced by cleaner and more affordable North Sea natural gas in the 1970s, marking somewhat of an energy transition.   Today, natural gas accounts for nearly half of all energy use in the UK. The average household's carbon emissions stand at nearly three tonnes, and households remain the highest contributors to overall ...

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