As outlined in the new Hydrogen Strategy and the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan, the UK’s ambition is to achieve 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. There are a variety of different ways to produce hydrogen, and the associated GHG emissions depend on the inputs and technologies used. However, a definition of what is ‘low carbon’, including the GHG emissions methodology to be used, has not yet been set by the UK Government. In our new report for the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), E4tech and LBST set out options and provided recommendations for how ‘low carbon hydrogen’ could be defined under a new UK standard, including indicative GHG emission thresholds.
The EU’s recent Green Deal is another step in the direction of decarbonised energy and transport systems in Europe. It is therefore critical to accurately measure and understand life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts of energy sources, fuels and vehicles to ensure policy decisions favour technologies with significant environmental benefits.
E4tech, together with the Cerulogy, ICCT, Navigant, SCS Global Services and Wageningen University & Research are assisting the European Commission in evaluating biofuel feedstocks which could be added to Annex IX of the recast Renewable Energy Directive, also known as “RED II”. A stakeholder consultation to feed into the project was held from 14 April to 27th May, leading to over 400 responses. Inputs to the consultation have been used to finalise the short list of feedstocks to be evaluated in greater detail in Task 2 and Task 3 of the project.
Last week the European Investment Bank has granted a €75M loan to ArcelorMittal for the construction of two ground-breaking projects at ArcelorMittal’s steel-making site in Ghent, Belgium: Steelanol and Torero. The Steelanol consortium, comprised of ArcelorMittal, Lanzatech, Primetals and E4tech, will construct an industrial-scale demonstration plant for the production of ethanol from the steel mill blast furnace gas, using Lanzatech’s fermentation technology. Under the Torero project a large-scale demonstration plant will be constructed to convert waste wood into bio-coal to partially replace the coal currently used in the blast furnace.
E4tech, together with Cerulogy, the ICCT, Navigant, SCS and Wageningen UR, is supporting the European Commission with the identification of potential candidate feedstocks for inclusion in Annex IX of the Renewable Energy Directive, following a detailed assessment against set sustainability criteria.
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