23 June 2020

On Monday 22 June, Burges Salmon’s Net Zero Services team hosted a virtual roundtable, ‘The road to Net Zero: The role of hydrogen’, to examine the shifts needed to promote hydrogen and to make sure that it plays a significant role in helping 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. On 4 June, Burges Salmon’s virtual roundtable ‘A natural capital approach to attaining Net Zero’, focused on land use and agriculture and was attended by 13 individuals from some of the most well-known organisations from across the sector.

The latest roundtable provided an opportunity to bring sector leaders together 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.

The virtual event was attended by a number of organisations from different key sectors including Cadent, BOC and the Committee on Climate Change. Attendees addressed questions concerning the technical issues to be overcome in the short-term, gaps in infrastructure, the need for both blue and green hydrogen, and government funding and policy.

Burges Salmon partner Ross Fairley, chair of Net Zero Services at the firm, facilitated the roundtable. He says: “This roundtable is one in a series we have put in place to help our clients plan for changing regulation and policy, and to ensure that there is the necessary joined-up thinking across sectors. Thank you to all who attended and made for an interesting discussion about market challenges and opportunities regarding the role of hydrogen and the road to Net Zero.”

With thanks to all who attended: the Committee on Climate Change; Cadent; Clean Fuels at BOC UK & Ireland; Costain; Madano; Phillips 66 Limited; Progressive Energy; and Statera Energy.

Key contact

Ross Fairley

Ross Fairley Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Head of Renewable Energy
  • Environment

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