Britain to invest $163m to cut emissions from homes, industry

LONDON – Britain will invest 90 million pounds (S$163 million) on measures to cut carbon dioxide emissions from homes and industry, including two hydrogen plants, the government said on Tuesday (Feb 18).

Britain last year became the first G7 country to set a target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The country has reduced emissions from its power sector, by increasing renewable power such as wind, but has struggled to cut emissions in the heating and industrial sectors.

“Cleaning up emissions from industry and housing is a big challenge but today’s … investment will set us on the right path as we develop clean technologies like hydrogen,” said Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth.

The bulk of the money, 70 million pounds, will help fund two low-carbon hydrogen plants, in the Mersey, in the north of England and one near Aberdeen in Scotland, and a project to produce hydrogen using offshore wind power.

Hydrogen is a zero-emissions alternative to fossil fuels. It seen as a possible clean energy source for the future but it is currently too expensive for widespread use.

The remaining 20 million pounds will be used to fund to cut household emissions.

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