Updated: Monday, 17th June 2019 @ 5:48pm

Manchester carbon emissions to be halved in 10 years with hydrogen 'future fuel', energy groups claim

Manchester carbon emissions to be halved in 10 years with hydrogen 'future fuel', energy groups claim

By Neil Robertson

Carbon dioxide emissions in Manchester could be almost halved in ten years under plans to bring cleaner energy to the region, leading power groups claim.

The Greater Manchester Energy Group is aiming to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 48% by 2020.

The group, alongside Manchester Metropolitan University and Greater Manchester Authorities, have started the Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership.

The partnership aims to market hydrogen, or ‘future fuel’ as it is called, as an energy source for Manchester.

A launch event was held at Manchester Metropolitan University this week to promote the hydropower initiative.

Councillor Neil Swannick, of Manchester City Council, said: “We are committed to renewable energy, but the wind doesn’t blow all the time and the sun doesn’t shine all the time. Hydrogen storage is a possible solution to that, a way to bridge the peaks and troughs of renewable energy.”

With 250million public transport journeys made per year in Greater Manchester, clean energy is becoming increasingly important to the region.

David Hytch, Information Systems Director of Transport for Greater Manchester, claims they are doing everything they can to reduce carbon emissions, with wind turbine and hydrogen initiatives in place.

“We’re doing a lot of work through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. We’re looking at a whole range of things such as travel planning, cycling and walking to reduce carbon emissions.

“We hope people won’t spend so much time stopping and starting and therefore causing pollution. It’s by the nature of congestion when queues build up that people leave their engines running and create pollution.

“The challenge we have is so large, but we’re still attacking the big target and everything we do is focused on that. We’re focused on this project until we can see it having an influence.”

Greater Manchester is not the only region to start a hydrogen initiative. Since being set up in 2002, The London Hydrogen Partnership has successfully brought hydrogen power to the capital.

During the 2012 Olympics, five out of eight buses on the RB1 route are powered by hydrogen, with a further three expected soon. The hydrogen taxis used to transport VIPs covered an impressive 2,500 miles.

Deputy Mayor of London, Kit Malthouse, said: “It is great to see more of these initiatives emerging around the UK. Hydrogen is all about science, new technology and engineering. The creation of the Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership will help drive the UK Hydrogen sector.”

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