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Hydrogen key to net zero and greener future

13 May 2021
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GMB union backs using hydrogen and hydrogen boilers as key tool in tackling greenhouse emissions 

GMB, the union for energy workers, has backed hydrogen technologies as essential for delivering a cleaner and greener future. 

The union believes the technologies will create thousands of repurposed high skilled, well paid jobs. 

Reports have suggested that Hydrogen heat pumps would ‘lock-in’ a dependency on fossil fuels. 

However, the union argues that a ‘embracing a range of technologies' including hydrogen is the only way to combat growing carbon emissions in a realistic way. 

Gary Carter, GMB national officer said: 

“We all want a cleaner and greener future, but the truth is that the high cost of heat pumps and their size make them unaffordable and unsuitable for millions of UK homes.  

“Heating homes with hydrogen and using hydrogen boilers that are the same size and cost of a traditional methane gas boiler is a realistic and affordable option for millions of UK homes.  

“It will also provide thousands of repurposed high skilled, well paid jobs. 

“Heat pumps alone cannot deliver this. Embracing a range of technologies and offering choice is the way to net zero and heating people’s homes.”  

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