At Hydrogen Ireland we have always been confident in our engineering family ability to develop new and innovative solutions to rapidly introduce, build and deliver on zero-emission products and services. This month we have seen another major step forward as JCB launched the construction industry’s first ever hydrogen powered excavator.

JCB announced ‘The 20-tonne 220X excavator powered by a hydrogen fuel cell has been undergoing rigorous testing at JCB’s quarry proving grounds for more than 12 months. This exciting development means JCB is the first construction equipment company in the world to unveil a working prototype of an excavator powered by hydrogen delivering a zero-emission solution’.

 As more sectors in the economy are realising the benefits of Hydrogen now more than ever, we need to ensure there is a cross-sectoral coordination between all key stakeholders.

In Northern Ireland we are delighted to report that the work on the Energy Strategy, led by Department for the Economy has started and the kick off meeting of all the working groups has taken place.

 Developing a cohesive strategy that involves every Government Department is complicated. We do not expect the energy strategy will be ready for consultation by March 21 however; we understand the Executive will move forward in areas that needs to be enacted quickly.

We would encourage everyone to look at the responses for the call to evidence https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/energy-strategy-call-for-evidence as it shows how the energy industry acknowledges the role of Hydrogen in the future energy policy. 

There will be comprehensive stakeholder engagement including;

  • Government Stakeholder Group – ensuring joined-up policy-making in areas such as air quality, climate change, building regulations and fuel poverty
  • Electricity Stakeholder Group – to ensure effective communication and dissemination of information between stakeholders in the sector
  • Gas Stakeholder Group – to ensure effective communication and dissemination of information between stakeholders in the sector
  • Working Groups – To assess data and evidence provided in the Call and take forward informed policy options for further consultation in the following areas
    • Consumers (DfE)
    • Energy Efficiency (DfE)
    • Heat (DfE)
    • Power (DfE)
    • Transport (DfI)

At Hydrogen Ireland we would encourage everyone to be involved and respond to all consultations and questions. Working together will ensure the joined-up approach we all need to deliver the zero-carbon future.

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