BEIS appoints key bodies to oversee hydrogen use standards
23 Nov 2021
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has appointed a consortium to develop hydrogen gas installation standards and training.
Led by Energy & Utility Skills and the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM), the scheme will be supported by Publicly Available Specification (PAS) standards developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI), enabling occupied 100% hydrogen heating trials.
Evidence generated from these will inform decisions by 2026 on the role of hydrogen for heat, with the work funded by the BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP).
IGEM will assess hydrogen research and the scientific evidence base to update the IGEM/H/1 Hydrogen Reference Standard and create two new Hydrogen Enabling Standards covering domestic and non-domestic scenarios.
Energy & Utility Skills will finalise and implement the Hydrogen Competency Framework by developing a revised training specificationwith completion set for September 2023.
Energy and climate change minister Greg Hands said: “As we work towards making the UK a world-leading hydrogen economy, it is important we have the right framework in place, and the skilled workforce to make it thrive.
“This programme, backed by over £2 million in funding from the UK Government, will support the development of hydrogen skills and standards in the UK, paving the way for new green job opportunities across the country.”
IGEM chief executive Oliver Lancaster added that the work being undertaken work would help ensure “a safe, secure and just transition to a low carbon net zero energy system”.