By supporting hydrogen innovation and its integration into British society, it can help break the hold Russia has on the European gas and energy markets by supporting the switch to hydrogen.

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Progressing renewables help support the EU and UK in not only decentralising the energy system, but also becoming independent from Russia.

Mike Foster, CEO of the Energy and Utilities Alliance, has personally called upon the UK Government to support hydrogen further to achieve this.

Foster said, “The only way to stop bullies like Putin, using his natural gas sales to fund his military is to stop buying his gas. Bringing forward the announcement about converting the gas network to hydrogen is something the Prime Minister can do tomorrow.

“Europe is waking up to a hydrogen future as a way of dealing with Putin’s terror. We should signal that is our intention too.

“British industry will respond positively to such news and it will be another nail in Putin’s gas stranglehold. British manufacturers are ready to respond, the UK’s world-leading gas networks are ready too. The Prime Minister just needs to get on with it.”

Foster continued, “Green hydrogen is the long-term future the world is banking on. Its production is not limited to gas reserves under the feet of a select few countries, not all of them friendly, but its supply will come from countries with an abundance of wind or sun. The UK is one of those countries.

“Many friendly nations also have wind, sun or both.

“We can become more energy independent and interdependent with green hydrogen, so the sooner we make the announcement to convert our gas networks, the better off we will be and the safer or world will be too.”

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