Scottish Government appoints experts for hydrogen assessment

THE Scottish Government has appointed Arup to undertake an assessment on the potential use of hydrogen within the Scottish energy system.

The global engineering and consultancy firm will carry out an assessment of Scotland’s strengths, assets and factors that will shape hydrogen development across the country. The work could help lead Scotland to achieve its target of becoming net zero by 2045.

The findings will be used to help inform an upcoming hydrogen policy statement and action plan.

Clare Lavelle, head of energy consultancy at Arup, said, “Hydrogen can bring many benefits as a low carbon energy source – we’re committed to supporting the Scottish Government in exploring how it could potentially help to achieve net zero emissions by 2045. Scotland’s natural resources, existing industrial skills and ambitious carbon reduction targets will be key to unlocking the true benefits that the hydrogen economy can bring.

“We will be applying our extensive experience and knowledge taken from our work with other governments including the UK, Australia and New Zealand, to carry out this assessment for the Scottish Government to support its future policies and plans.”