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UK hydrogen strategy

This strategy sets out the approach to developing a thriving low carbon hydrogen sector in the UK to meet our increased ambition for 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. The page includes hydrogen strategy updates to the market.


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Hydrogen is a low carbon solution which can help the UK to achieve net zero by 2050, and our Sixth Carbon Budget target by 2035.

As set out in the British Energy Security Strategy, government, working with industry, is aiming for 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for use across the economy. This doubled our previous ambition from the 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution and the Hydrogen Strategy, with at least half of our new 10GW ambition coming from electrolytic hydrogen.

The UK’s first Hydrogen Strategy outlines:

  • how the UK will rapidly and significantly scale up production and lay the foundations for a low carbon hydrogen economy by 2030
  • how government will support innovation and stimulate investment in the 2020s to scale up low carbon hydrogen

The Strategy details how we will look to capture the economic benefits of growing the UK hydrogen economy, supporting innovation and stimulating investment to develop the supply chains and skills needed and create jobs and export opportunities for the UK.

It also sets out our twin-track approach to supporting both electrolytic ‘green’ and carbon capture (CCUS)-enabled ‘blue’ hydrogen production, alongside other potential production routes, which will enable the rapid growth of the sector while bringing down costs. We outline a comprehensive roadmap for the development of the wider hydrogen economy over the 2020s to deliver our now 10GW 2030 ambition.

Update 13 December 2022

We have included on this page a Hydrogen Strategy update to the market which summarises government hydrogen policy developments and schemes since the publication of the July 2022 Hydrogen Strategy update to the market.

As stated in the Strategy, we intend to provide regular updates to the market as our policy develops.

Policy areas covered in this update are:

  • hydrogen production
  • hydrogen networks and storage
  • uses of hydrogen in industry, power, transport and potentially heat
  • creating a market: regulatory frameworks and gas blending
  • hydrogen sector development covering investment, exports and imports, research and innovation, and the UK Hydrogen Champion
  • international leadership in hydrogen, including through bilateral relationships, COP27, the Breakthrough Agenda, Mission Innovation, the Clean Energy Ministerial and the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy
Published 17 August 2021
Last updated 13 December 2022 + show all updates
  1. Hydrogen strategy update to the market (December 2022) published.

  2. Hydrogen Strategy update to the market July 2022 added.

  3. First published.