Tees Valley Net Zero News

UK Government Invests £7m in Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub 

The UK Government has earmarked £7 million towards the establishment of a hydrogen transport hub in the Tees Valley, a significant move aimed at reducing carbon emissions and modernizing the transport sector. Spearheaded by the Department for Transport (DfT), this initiative seeks to pioneer the nation’s first hydrogen refuelling station near Middlesborough, operated by Exolum. The funding will facilitate the creation of a publicly accessible refuelling facility catering to Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), providing green hydrogen as a sustainable alternative to diesel-powered vehicles. With an initial capacity to serve at least 25 HGVs daily, the hub aims to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell alternatives, thereby contributing to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. 

Exolum’s project is among three local hydrogen initiatives supported by DfT funding under the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub scheme, reflecting the UK’s commitment to advancing hydrogen infrastructure. This investment aligns with broader efforts to address climate change and transition to cleaner energy sources, crucial for achieving decarbonization goals. Technology and Decarbonisation Minister Anthony Browne lauded the Tees Valley for its pioneering role in promoting green hydrogen technology, emphasizing the economic and environmental benefits of these projects. 

As the UK accelerates its efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, investments in hydrogen infrastructure and skills development play a crucial role in driving sustainable growth. In addition to funding hydrogen transport infrastructure, the DfT is committed to building a skilled workforce capable of supporting the emerging hydrogen economy. A £300,000 package has been allocated to local colleges and training providers to deliver practical hydrogen courses, ensuring that workers are equipped with the necessary skills to capitalize on job opportunities in the burgeoning hydrogen sector. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen welcomed the funding as a means to ensure that local residents can benefit from well-paid jobs in this rapidly evolving industry.