South West England and South Wales are to become the UK’s first Hydrogen Ecosystem to lead the development of low carbon energy to help reach climate change goals. The GW4 Alliance in partnership with Western Gateway have unveiled a new vision which sets out how the region is accelerating the development of a hydrogen economy. The newly launched strategy document and interactive digital map demonstrate the breadth, scale and potential of hydrogen activity across the South West and highlight the wide range of organisations across the area that are already working on a range of different potential applications for this energy system. IAAPS is at the forefront of hydrogen R&I, having recently announced it is to install a green hydrogen manufacturing capability at its new facility, set to be operational in spring 2023, which will decarbonise the energy used on site and support vital research and innovation into the use of hydrogen as an alternative green energy, therefore playing a vital role in fast-tracking the adoption of hydrogen technologies within the transport and built environment sectors.Low carbon hydrogen generation is seen as a clean energy solution to aid the transition to net zero and tackle the global climate change crisis. Hydrogen is currently being trialled as a potential low carbon energy source to power transport, distribution and shipping needs as well as heat homes and decarbonise industry. Using hydrogen as an energy source has been highlighted as a key ambition of the UK Government plans to reach Net Zero, with aims to increase production to 10GW by 2030 and the announcement of a new national Hydrogen Champion.The Western Gateway is the pan-regional partnership for South Wales and Western England, connecting businesses, academia and government from both sides of the union to collaborate and create new opportunities for the 4.4 million people who live across the South West Region. The GW4 Alliance, meanwhile, brings together four of the most research-intensive and innovative universities in the UK, including the University of Bath, which owns IAAPS, as well as the universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.