COP26: What Role for Hydrogen in Transport? | IPT
Chair: Alexander Stafford MP, Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Speaker: Valerie Bouliion Delporte, Hydrogen Ecosystem Director, Michelin
Speaker: Dr Oliver Curnick, Associate Professor, Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University
Virtual Event


Monday 25 October 2021


This is an online event

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Surface transport is currently the UK’s largest greenhouse gas emitting sector, with emissions remaining broadly consistent since 1990. Analysis by the Committee on Climate Change found that surface transport comprised 22% of total emissions in 2019. Hydrogen is an option for the decarbonisation of road transport, particularly for long-range and heavy vehicle types, with hydrogen buses in operation in London and Aberdeen. An estimated 100 hydrogen refuelling stations will be required by 2035 in order to decarbonise heavy goods vehicles in line with current targets. Meanwhile the Government has also announced that diesel trains should be phased out by 2040. Currently, 38% of the UK rail network is electrified and a number of hydrogen train projects are underway. With the Government committing £3m in funding for the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub in the Tees Valley, what role will hydrogen play in driving green transport?

This event will:

  • Consider the investment required to build a national hydrogen transport infrastructure
  • Discuss how widespread use of hydrogen for transport is likely to be
  • Explore what role hydrogen will play as part of the UK’s energy mix to net zero