Net Zero Emissions by 2050 and the Role of Hydrogen

Free Public Lecture

Net Zero Emissions by 2050 and the Role of Hydrogen

Gateway Auditorium
Trinity College
100 Royal Parade, Parkville


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The UK Government has recently committed to achieving net zero emissions across the economy by 2050, the first country to do so. The challenges to delivering this include: replacing gas heating; doubling the size of the electricity system; building a hydrogen energy system the size of the current electricity generating system from a zero base; and transforming transport and farming.

Modelling by the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) of a range of possible decarbonisation pathways suggest that the UK could require 350 TWh of hydrogen by 2050 (the UK produces around 27 TWh today) – a new energy system the size of the existing electricity generating system.

The lecture will explain the approach taken in assessing the need for hydrogen, look at the implications, such as the need to develop carbon capture and storage at scale, and the opportunities, including the combination of wind and hydrogen as a grid balancing mechanism.

The policy requirements and challenges in developing this new industry and delivering at scale over the next 30 years will be highlighted.

The event will start with light refreshments.


  • Baroness Brown
    Baroness Brown , Professor Julia King