The Proposed Natural Gas to Hydrogen Transition in the UK

  • William J. NuttallEmail author
  • Adetokunboh T. Bakenne


Successive UK governments have laid out a vision of a deep decarbonisation across all sectors of the economy. A key challenge will be the reduction of emissions associated with heating. Currently UK heat needs are mostly net via natural gas combustion. There is widespread interest in electrification of the economy based increasingly on renewable power generation, but as this chapter points out such pathways are challenging and it might be preferable to continue with gas-based heating, but with upstream carbon capture utilisation and storage. Such ideas have gained much traction in the UK in recent months, and some emerging projects are discussed.



In preparing this chapter, we are most grateful to advice and information provided by Damien Hawke, Alaric Marsden, Dave Robson, Dan Sadler, Simon Schaeffer and others. It is important to stress that those that have provided assistance to this chapter do not necessarily agree with what is said. All responsibility for what follows lies with the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering and InnovationThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.School of Engineering and InnovationThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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