East Coast Hydrogen report marks first major step to convert UK’s gas networks to hydrogen

We have launched our East Coast Hydrogen feasibility report at the House of Commons, which shows that, over a 15-year timescale, the new programme would see up to 39,000 businesses and over 4 million homes converted to hydrogen; helping to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

What is the East Coast Hydrogen programme?

A collaboration between National Grid Gas Transmission, Northern Gas Networks and Cadent, East Coast Hydrogen is an ambitious programme that has the potential to connect over 7 GW of hydrogen production by 2030. On its own, this would exceed the Government’s target of 5 GW by 2030 in a single region.

The programme will benefit from the natural assets of the North of England – including existing and potential hydrogen storage facilities – and build on the hydrogen production in two of the UK’s largest industrial clusters in the North East and North West. This in turn ensures significant private sector investment in the UK’s industrial heartlands.

Why is this programme important?

  • Hydrogen is essential for the UK to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

  • It was outlined as a breakthrough technology at the COP26 climate summit.

  • It represents an unmissable opportunity for government and the private sector to work together in delivering our ambitious decarbonisation targets.

  • This will be the first major step in the conversion of our national gas networks to hydrogen and will act as a blueprint for subsequent conversions across the UK.

  • It will create tens of thousands of highly skilled green jobs in the future hydrogen economy.

What happens next?

East Coast Hydrogen could potentially open up exciting new ways of providing heat, power and transport fuel, meeting the needs of industry.

Our mission now is to progress from trials and deliver hydrogen at scale for industry, businesses and homes.

This important step reinforces our role in the net zero future, while still ensuring the continued dependability of natural gas transmission to support the UK through the energy transition.

View the full East Coast Hydrogen report