Unveiled today (Feb 14), the £25,000 fund has been given to Hydrogen Sussex by the Greater Brighton Economic Board (GBEB) as part of a new energy plan that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of Brighton and be carbon neutral by 2030.
The board, made up of seven councils along with businesses and universities, aims to lead the way in switching to cleaner, renewable power and laying the foundations for the development of a thriving low-carbon economy.
Hydrogen Sussex’s work centres on the creation of a hydrogen industry that could eventually support more than 9,000 jobs and attract £4bn ($5.41bn) in private investment to the UK.
Councillor Peter Lamb, Chairman of the Greater Brighton Economic Board, said, “Switching to greener fuels like hydrogen is essential as we push for net-zero emissions to limit climate change. Hydrogen will play a vital role in the development of an affordable, zero-carbon energy system.
“We want to lead the way in the Greater Brighton region by becoming cleaner and greener. This initiative is an important step towards reducing our carbon footprint and helping us develop new green industries for the future.”
Abigail Dombey, Chair of Hydrogen Sussex, said, “We’re delighted that Hydrogen Sussex has received this funding from Greater Brighton. Hydrogen will be key for us achieving net zero.
“There are a lot of really exciting hydrogen projects taking place across the region. This award will identify our strengths as a region and help us and our members take the next step in attracting funding opportunities to the area.”
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