Five companies run eight gas networks in the UK, a country which is committed to cutting 80% of its carbon emissions as compared to a 1990 baseline by 2050. Natural gas, which provides 30% of the UK's daily energy needs, might prove to be a problem in reaching that goal because it contributes carbon dioxide simply by the sheer volume of its use. Decarbonising the gas grid might provide a potential solution. As detailed in the article, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), a Leeds-based company, is proposing that gas pipelines be used for hydrogen instead of natural gas. The company has received a grant from the UK government to prove that the project is safe. The total costs for this transition are estimated to be 2 billion pounds, which includes costs for hydrogen production, storage, and transportation.
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