IGas have applied to Surrey County Council for planning permission to produce high carbon, ‘grey’ hydrogen at their sites in Albury and Bletchingley.
Their applications are highly misleading as they concentrate on the low emissions from hydrogen at the point of use and completely downplay the enormous amount of emissions that will result from the production of hydrogen at this site, if their permit is granted.
The Weald Action Group has produced some useful briefings on why hydrogen is not the green panacea IGas would have us believe:
- ‘IGas hydrogen proposal will increase greenhouse gas emissions in Surrey’
- ‘Need for hydrogen is no justification for oil and gas expansion’
The Planning Technical Support Team for the Albury permit have said they are still accepting comments on the application right up until it is decided. They indicate that this will not be for a couple of months.
The Weald Action Group has produced some guidance on how to respond: Say no to grey hydrogen production at Albury
Please submit your objection in your own words. You can do that either online or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting Planning Application SCC Ref 2021/0130 and ensure you include your name and address (make a note if you want your address redacted from the online comments).
They have already been accused of misleading local residents.
If you would like to understand more about the subject, or get involved in the discussion on challenging the greenwash around hydrogen please join the Communities Against Hydrogen Greenwash Facebook group.