Authoritarian regimes and financial giants with stakes in the fossil fuel industry are among investors who would benefit from plans to use hydrogen heating.
A proposed new gas-fired power station at Peterhead could run at the same time as the existing one, the energy giant behind it has admitted, prompting fears it could accelerate the climate crisis.
The Scottish Science Advisory Council also cautioned that there was a risk that hydrogen heating could be promoted to benefit commercial interests.
A proposed gas plant at Peterhead is on “rotten foundations” and could “seriously jeopardise” Scotland’s climate targets, the Scottish Government has been told.
The UK gas lobby has enlisted sociologists from an English university to help hone its messaging on why hydrogen should replace natural gas as the main fuel used to heat British homes.