Highland could pave the way for the potentially multi-billion pound a year Hydrogen zero-emission power sector with £100 million investment targeted over the next five years
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The Highlands is ideally placed to “lead the way” in the development of zero-emission hydrogen power that by 2045 could be worth up to £25 billion a year.
Regional MSP Maree Todd welcomed the Scottish Government’s investment of £100 million over the next five years to support a green recovery and transition to net zero.
The country is aiming to generate five gigawatts of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 – enough to power the equivalent of 1.8 million homes.
Ms Todd said: “This investment in Scotland’s hydrogen sector is hugely significant and the Highlands & Islands is well placed to lead the way.
“From tidal power to offshore wind – we already have an abundance of assets and potential here in the Highlands & Islands. For instance, the Pentland Firth alone has a quarter of Europe’s tidal power.
“We have the ability to lead the world on building sustainable, new economies of the future. This investment in the hydrogen sector is vital progress for the whole of Scotland, but I’m excited about the role that we can play here in the Highlands & Islands.
“Scotland has some of the most ambitious climate change targets in the world, this latest investment just reaffirms this SNP Government’s commitment to ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change.”