The chief executive of Norwegian state-controlled energy giant Equinor has warned that political decisions favouring green hydrogen over blue could hinder the development of a large-scale global clean-hydrogen market.

Anders Opedal told this week’s IP Week conference — being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic — that Equinor is “excited about the potential of hydrogen and carbon capture and storage”.

But he argued that political decisions putting blue hydrogen (produced from natural gas linked to CCS) at a disadvantage to green (made through electrolysis from renewable power), without allowing the market to drive which technology should be adopted, could lead to increased costs and slow development.