Just in time for Net Zero Week 2021, the UK Government has published its Transport Decarbonisation plan. Amongst the policies is a commitment to maximising the benefits of sustainable low carbon fuels alongside investment into hydrogen technology.

The complete elimination of air quality emissions from transport is the real engine behind the decarbonisation agenda, and there are solutions currently that could meet the decarbonisation targets. As a result, there is no doubt that the future of transport is electric, as only motor vehicles can generate true zero tailpipe emissions. Across all sectors, batteries and fuel cells will dominate the powertrains of the future – from road haulage to rail and shipping.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are not as efficient as battery electric vehicles, which gives the latter the leading edge when assessing the viability of both technologies. Yet it is worth noting that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can play a significant role in delivering near net zero for specific categories and duty cycles and energy pathways – a critical difference when assessing which technology can play the greatest role in reaching our net-zero 2050 target while contributing to providing energy flexibility and security.

TRL has extensive experience monitoring and evaluating freight trials – including hydrogen powered trucks – as well as investigating the performance of low-carbon and zero tailpipe emission technologies.

To find out more about TRL’s expertise in this area, please contact alexis@kredoconsulting.com to organise a conversation with Dr Anthony Velazquez, Head of Environment and Decarbonisation at TRL.