UK HFCA highlights to Parliamentarians the role of fuel cells and hydrogen in improving air quality

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

A successful  debate – co-organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Intelligent Energy (APPGIE), the All Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution and the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA) – explored the implications of air pollution and potential solutions, particularly through hydrogen and fuel cells. The debate was chaired by Matthew Pennycook MP, Chair of the APPG on Air Pollution, and the event was hosted by Peter Aldous MP, Chair of the APPGIE.

Peter Aldous MP said: ‘I was really pleased to host the debate ‘Improving Air Quality in the UK: How Can Hydrogen and Fuel Cells help?’. The APPGIE has an interest in a wide range of energy related topics, and air pollution is becoming increasingly a topic which we need to understand and address. The debate provided some useful insights on how new solutions, such as hydrogen and fuel cells, can help address this significant problem.’

Key highlights included:

  • Air pollution is a global health challenge, with Scientists linking 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide to poor air quality, and an average decrease in life expectancy of 6 months
  • Hydrogen and fuel cells offer ultra-low to zero emissions in both transport and localised distributed generation in urban areas, and form an important component of the suite of solutions needed.
  • Progress must be driven by a combination of rewarding and penalising low emission and high emission solutions;  there is a need for policy and regulatory support to help make the business case for hydrogen and fuel cells – and in parallel, against conventional air polluting technologies – particularly in specific urban areas.
  • Market scale delivers affordability for innovative solutions, thus a mass rollout of hydrogen and fuel cells can bring costs significantly down.