Laura Sharman 20 February 2020

Government backs hydrogen energy plants

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The Government has announced £90m in funding to cut carbon emissions from homes and heavy industry.

The funding includes backing for two low carbon hydrogen production plants near Aberdeen and on the banks of the Mersey. The plants are expected to generate enough clean energy to heat over 200,000 homes.

Local energy projects will also receive £20m to help reduce housing emissions through nine ‘smart energy’ projects.

Minister for business, energy and clean growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: ‘Cleaning up emissions from industry and housing is a big challenge but today’s £90m investment will set us on the right path as we develop clean technologies like hydrogen.

‘This is an important part of our world-leading efforts in eliminating our contribution to climate change by 2050 while also growing our economy, creating up to two million green collar jobs across the country by 2030.’

The Government hopes over 250,000 people will have their homes powered by local renewable sources by 2030.

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