NS HyMaP Information Bulletin Back From Summer Break

Written on the 14th September, 2020

                                           NS HyMaP INFORMATION BULLETIN No.8

                                                                      7 September 2020

 This extract is the Introduction to the latest Information Bulletin.  If you would like to receive the full Bulletin – contact mailto: [email protected]

            About This Bulletin

This is the eighth NS HyMaP Information Bulletin.    A Members’ Steering Group has been formed to draw up proposals for the future development of the Community and, as the Group will not report until September, free membership of NS HyMaP has been extended until the end of October 2020.  These discussions will include proposals to make NS HyMaP a more permanent and influential organisation.

European Policy Solutions provides the Secretariat for NS HyMaP and we welcome both news articles and opinion pieces. If you would like to submit a piece in future,  please  let us know at [email protected]

This is the first Bulletin since the summer break and we hope that Members and Readers have had a restful time.

The Bulletin begins with an Opinion Piece from Mark Button of Arup.  The article “Ports: Net-Zero, Systems Thinking and Big Opportunities” examines the way in which ports can make plans to move to net zero and develop new roles and a road-map so that they make the most of opportunities offered by energy transition.  This is the second article Mark has written for the NS HyMaP and we thank him for stimulating debate at this important time.

The Bulletin then looks at the excellent progress made by the NS HyMaP Steering Group about discussions to extend the activities of NS HYMaP.  The Group should conclude its deliberations by the end of the month so that a Members’ Meeting can be arranged in October.

The IMO has issued a disturbing report stating that maritime emissions have risen in the period from 2012 to 2018.  The Report is reviewed in this edition and concludes that efforts to reduce emissions have become even more urgent.

Previous Bulletins have mentioned the content of the Green Deal Call to be launched this month under Horizon 2020. The most relevant of these Calls are Call Area 2 (Clean, affordable and secure energy) and Call Area 5 (Sustainable and smart mobility.)  The area of interest in Call Area 2 is the construction of a 100 MW electrolyser while Call Area 5 will fund Master Plans in Green Ports.  Scottish Enterprise has organised a series of Green Deal webinars with Call Area 2 being reviewed on 4 August and Call Area 5 being the subject of a webinar on 10 September. There is another launch in addition to that of the Green Deal and this is the launch of the Fuel Cell Hydrogen Observatory on 15 September 2020.

The Bulletin then moves to the UK and looks at the views of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee which now strongly favours a UK Hydrogen Strategy.  The Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) and Scottish law firm Anderson Strathern co-hosted a webinar looking at Scotland’s hydrogen ambitions up to 2030 and the Bulletin contains a note on this webinar. There is a great deal of activity in Scotland in terms of the creation of a Scottish hydrogen economy.  The Scottish Government is producing a hydrogen policy statement by the end of the year and a great deal of potential from offshore wind can be exploited and turned into green hydrogen


“The North Sea Hydrogen Ports and Maritime Community (NS HyMaP) is a new organisation formed to promote the use of hydrogen in the North Sea Ports and Maritime sectors. It is currently an informal network developing an Information Exchange and Knowledge Platform. Our Members are drawn from ports, the hydrogen and maritime sectors, local and regional government, academia and consultancies.”




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