A pot of money, from the Conservative government, from a £2 billion funding pool for Hydrogen has been granted to Trafford for use in its low-carbon hydrogen hub. This funding will be split between 11 projects.
This has been provided to Trafford Council by the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero.
This funding boost will be a major help to Trafford Council’s goals of reaching carbon-neutrality by 2038. At present Trafford is underperforming in comparison to other similar local authorities on carbon emissions reduction. Carbon emissions in Trafford currently stand at a rather undesirable 1442.1 kilotonnes.
For the uninitiated, it is useful to know that hydrogen fuel does not emit carbon dioxide (CO2) when it is burned. The more of Trafford’s energy supply that can be provided by hydrogen fuel, the likelier it is that Trafford will see a reduction in carbon emissions. This is vitally important, given the large number of industrial sites housed within Trafford.
The Conservative Party Group also welcomes further localised energy production which will be both a boost to jobs and the economy and will reduce the country’s overreliance on fossil fuel imports. The Conservative Party Group would, therefore, like to thank central government for this colossal boost in funding which has the potential to be a driver of economic growth in Greater Manchester.