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The APPG on Hydrogen provides a forum for MPs and Peers to engage with leading businesses and organisations that are working to enable the UK to meet its decarbonisation targets through the implementation of hydrogen projects, and to discuss policy options to support these.

APPG Chairman responds to UK Hydrogen Champion’s report


The Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hydrogen, Alexander Stafford MP, has today responded to the UK Hydrogen Champion Jane Toogood’s publication of a report making recommendations for government and industry to accelerate the growth of the hydrogen sector.

Ms Toogood was appointed in July 2022 as an independent advisor to government and industry on the development of the UK hydrogen economy.

Mr Stafford said:

‘As Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hydrogen, I thank Jane Toogood for her tireless work in preparing her Hydrogen Champion’s report, and welcome its publication today.

Hydrogen will be a crucial part of the UK’s net zero journey, with countless applications across the economy, from heavy industry to transport to heating in homes. 

I welcome the Hydrogen Champion report’s recommendations on how we accelerate the hydrogen economy’s development, in particular its calls for improved incentives for private sector investment in the UK hydrogen sector and greater clarity on upcoming policy decisions for hydrogen users. These echo similar calls made by the APPG in its annual report in January. 

I was also pleased to note the report’s recommendations to industry for stimulating the hydrogen economy, encouraging extensive joined-up working across key areas of hydrogen provision. While the onus is on Government to kickstart the rollout of hydrogen, industry has a major role to play as well, and the recommendations set out in the report will support it in this. 

I look forward to reading the Government’s response to the report in the coming weeks and months.’

About the Group

The APPG on Hydrogen was established in July 2018. It is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers that focuses on raising awareness of, and building support for large scale hydrogen projects – such as conversion to a hydrogen domestic gas grid – that will enable the UK to meet decarbonisation targets.

The APPG on Hydrogen is chaired by Alexander Stafford, Conservative MP for Rother Valley.

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Chair: Alexander Stafford MP

Alexander Stafford is the Conservative MP for Rother Valley, and has been an MP continuously since 12 December 2019.

Vice Chair: Bill Esterson MP

Vice Chair: Richard Thomson MP

Vice Chair: Christine Jardine MP

Vice Chair: Lord Wigley

Vice Chair: Liz Saville Roberts MP

Officer: John Spellar MP

Officer: David Duguid MP

Officer: Baroness Hooper

Officer: Lord Moynihan

Officer: Ed Davey MP

Officer: Andy Carter MP

Officer: Clive Betts MP

Officer: Sir Roger Gale MP

Officer: Lord McNicol of West Kilbride

Officer: Jessica Morden MP

Officer: Claudia Webbe MP

Full list of officers can be found here.

Upcoming event

Hydrogen and Storage

Date: 22 May

Time: 4-5pm

Venue: Macmillan Room, Portcullis House

Despite the UK’s favourable position as a producer of hydrogen, and the steps it has taken to capitalise on this, the same level of resource has yet to be devoted to tackle the next issue in the hydrogen supply chain: storage.

This session will examine the need for a UK Energy Storage Strategy, and how different forms of storage can be utilised to capitalise on the UK’s potential for hydrogen production.

This event is taking place in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House. Unfortunately, this is an in-person only event. 

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