22 July 2020

On Monday 20 July, Burges Salmon’s Net Zero Services team hosted a virtual roundtable, bringing sector leaders together to examine the shifts needed to capitalise on the use of green hydrogen to support decarbonisation and ensure the UK meet its Net Zero target.

The firm kicked off its series of Net Zero-focused roundtable events at the start of the year to address the challenges and opportunities of achieving the government’s 2050 target. Having moved to a virtual format, Burges Salmon’s roundtables – ‘A natural capital approach to attaining Net Zero’ and ‘The road to Net Zero: The role of hydrogen’ – have brought together representatives from some of the most well-known organisations across the sector. 

The latest roundtable, ‘The road to Net Zero: The role of green hydrogen’, provided an opportunity for sector leaders to discuss the policy and regulation that will need to be adapted or put in place to support the role of hydrogen and to review some of the potential market opportunities and challenges. Organisations in attendance at the virtual event included Orsted, ITM Power, Alstom and Energy Systems Catapult.

Burges Salmon partner Ross Fairley, chair of Net Zero Services at the firm, facilitated the roundtable. He says: “Hydrogen will be a key part of the move to Net Zero and this roundtable was a great opportunity to discuss the growing role of green hydrogen in decarbonisation and to examine the technical issues to be overcome, the existing gaps in infrastructure, and changes needed to government funding, legislation and policy.

“The aim of our roundtable series is to ensure that there is the necessary joined-up thinking across sectors, so we thank those who attended for helping to make this possible.”

With thanks to all who attended: Orsted, Alstom Group, Costain, Blue Gem Wind, Green Giraffe, Simply Blue Energy, ITM Power, BOC, The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Limited, ES Catapult and Cornwall Insight.

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Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Head of Renewable Energy
  • Environment

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