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Q 77Dr. Ladyman: If we were to put it to you that we did want to move to a hydrogen economy, what would be your solution for producing that hydrogen?
Denis Linford: You have to use zero-carbon electricity, naturally, but this is some way down the track.
Q 78Dr. Ladyman: Given that you have said we cannot even meet the renewables obligation that the Commission has now set us—
Dr. MacLean: We can meet it, but not with current measures. We would like to see it as a stretching target to be met, rather than as something that is an illusion, but we have to do a lot more than we are doing at the moment.
Q 79Dr. Ladyman: So given all the effort that will have to go into meeting that target, which I am sure we will come back to one day, the reality is that if we want to start producing hydrogen and moving to a hydrogen economy, there will have to be an even bigger component from nuclear energy than we currently envisage.
Denis Linford: You have to decarbonise the power sector and part of that is nuclear, clearly, but part of that is also CCS and renewables.
Dr. MacLean: On renewables, hydrogen could quite easily be produced by any of those. I do not think the issue is producing the hydrogen. I think there are a couple of chemists among us here who will have done that a few times in our lives before. The problem is the storing and transporting of hydrogen, which is a much bigger challenge.
The Chairman: Thank you. We have two minutes left. Mr. Hendry, you indicated you wanted to ask a question. It will have to be a brief, with an even briefer answer.
Q 80Charles Hendry: Dr. MacLean, you were talking just now about the elements of the Bill that you felt had been overlooked in terms of renewable heat. Could you write to us to give us more detail about what you feel should be included in that respect?
Dr. MacLean: Certainly, yes.
The Chairman: Thank you for a brief question and an even briefer answer. I thank our witnesses again for attending and answering questions. That brings us to the end of this morning’s session.
It being One o’clock, The Chairman adjourned the Committee without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.
Adjourned till this day at Four o’clock.
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