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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-05437

Hydrogen's Role in Scotland's Climate Journey

Submitted by: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Friday, July 22, 2022

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Ariane Burgess, Maggie Chapman, Katy Clark, Ross Greer, Bill Kidd, Gillian Mackay, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba

That the Parliament welcomes the report Hydrogen's role in Scotland's climate journey from Friends of the Earth Scotland; notes the findings of the report, that today's grey hydrogen production globally is responsible for around 830 million tonnes of CO2 per year, and that existing carbon capture rates at operating blue hydrogen facilities only capture around 60% of emissions; further notes the report's key finding that 5 GW of green hydrogen would require 80% of the current renewable energy generation in Scotland; notes that the report estimates that using green hydrogen to meet Scotland’s heating demand would require 180% more renewable energy than Scotland currently produces; further notes that the research finds that electric heat pumps and electric vehicles are more efficient than their hydrogen counterparts, and highlights the report's recommendation for the prioritisation of electrification over hydrogen, particularly for transport and heating, except for in hard-to-abate industrial sectors where direct electrification is not possible.