A new report by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has found that there is a significant opportunity for a hydrogen strategy to decarbonise the UK’s transport network, which is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
ReNews reports that the report from the centre-right think tank argues that the approach to transport decarbonisation must not leave certain vehicles behind, and risk forfeiting significant future economic opportunities.
CPS is urging the government to make sure that progress is made on cleaning up not just cars, but heavy-duty vehicles – such as buses, trucks, trains, and ships – where hydrogen power is much more suitable than electric batteries, and to include this in the larger strategy being developed by the Department for Transport.
‘Driving Change – How Hydrogen Can Fuel A Transport Revolution‘, authored by Eamonn Ives, calls for hydrogen to be given a much bigger role in transport decarbonisation by using the UK bus fleet as a testbed for the technology.
If the UK embraces hydrogen, it would allow the country to lead the world in a critical sector, while also creating thousands of green jobs.
Many other economies are quickly moving to claim the global hydrogen market. The EU, for example, has announced plans to develop clean hydrogen projects and vastly increase the number of hydrogen vehicle refuelling stations by 2025.
The report contains a range of specific recommendations, including:
- Setting out a UK-wide hydrogen strategy before COP26, and establishing a cross-departmental working group
- Ensure that Britain develops an adequate hydrogen infrastructure, including investment via the Government’s clean energy funds
- Setting a target of 2038 for the UK bus fleet to become zero-emission
- Developing individual strategies within the Transport Decarbonisation Plan for decarbonising HGVs and LGVs, buses, trains, shipping and aviation
- Reforming the Bus Service Operators Grant and Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation
- Introducing clean air targets in line with WHO guidelines and strengthening Clean Air Zones
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