The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA) was delighted to see the publication of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) report “Investing in ultra low emission vehicles in the UK, 2015 to 2020” and the Government response to the “Advanced fuels call for evidence” which both acknowledge the benefits of hydrogen as a transport fuel and highlight the Government’s intention to support the sector and take the lead in global markets.

The OLEV report states: “We are positioning the UK to be a lead market for the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and will announce soon, and no later than autumn 2014 the actions that both Government and industry stakeholders will be taking to achieve this.”

The Government response to “Advanced fuels call for evidence” states: “Evidence provided via the call for evidence suggests that increased support for hydrogen could deliver greater deployment in the medium-term. The government therefore intends to consult later this year on whether renewable hydrogen should be eligible for RTFCs within the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO). “

Amanda Lyne, Deputy Chair of the UK HFCA, said: “We are very pleased to see Government’s intention to support hydrogen as transport fuel, acknowledging the environmental and economic benefits the sector can offer to the UK. A number of our members are working with Government to deliver a UK-wide hydrogen refuelling network, and the inclusion of hydrogen in RTFO will be an important development alongside this. We’ll be also continuing our dialogue with the Government for a pan-sector hydrogen and fuel cell support mechanism to help the sector reach its full potential.”

• The OLEV report can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/307019/ulev-2015-2020.pdf
• The Government response to “Advanced fuels call for evidence” can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/307136/call-evidence-summary-responses.pdf
• The UK HFCA response to the Call for evidence on Government measures to support uptake of ultra low emission vehicles from 2015-2020
can be found at: http://www.ukhfca.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/UK-HFCA-Response-to-UK-HFCA-response-to-%E2%80%9CCall-for-evidence-on-Government-measures-to-support-uptake-of-ultra-low-emission-vehicles-from-2015-2020%E2%80%9D.pdf
• THE UK HFCA response to the “Advanced fuels call for evidence” can be found at: http://www.ukhfca.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/UK-HFCA-response-to-Advaced-Fuels-Call-for-Evidence.pdf

UK HFCA welcomes Government’s plans to support hydrogen in transport establishing UK as a lead market