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UK’s conveniently-timed boasts about hydrogen solving CO2 crisis at odds with experts’ questions about its green credentials

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When Germany’s celebrated Hindenburg lit up over the sky of New Jersey on May 6, 1937, leaving 36 of the 97 passengers aboard dead it might have signalled the end of transatlantic travel by Zeppelin but it also highlighted the potential of hydrogen not as an explosive gas, but as a fuel.

If only the energy potential of the gas, which could burn so furiously it destroyed the airship within 30 seconds, could be harnessed then its uses would be legion. Since 1937, such leaps and bounds have been made that we are at the point now where the UK government has even produced a hydrogen strategy, details of which will be announced imminently.

Of course, the only reason we’re even talking about this is that the UK plays host to the UN’s Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow later this year, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs something to show the nation is a global leader in reducing its own carbon footprint on the way to a 2050 target of net-zero.

The problem with choosing to showcase the use of hydrogen........

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