Cadent, the UK’s largest gas distribution network, has today (25th March) outlined a strategy to help deliver a national hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK which could help reduce CO2 emissions from UK heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by up to 38% by 2030.
The strategy focuses on decarbonising the HGV transport sector, responsible for 20 million metric tons of CO2 annually, with hydrogen playing a critical role in the next few years on the path to net zero.
The report outlines hydrogen as a key decarbonisation option in transport, heat and industry to achieve effective scale in production and distribution to bring down costs.
This involves modifying the existing gas network so it is able to deliver hydrogen fuel to heat, industry and transport.
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean MP said, “Last year, the Prime Minster set out an ambitious ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution, and decarbonising transport is a key pillar of this.”
“I want to see the UK at the forefront of developing cost-effective, zero-emission HGVs and their refuelling infrastructure, as we build back greener.”
As detailed in the report, Cadent wants to see the first 100-200 hydrogen HGVs demonstrated with industrial hydrogen production underway between 2021 and 2025.
In addition to this, localised hydrogen blending in the grid and trials of 100% hydrogen grids in very small regions should be underway in this time period too.
Between 2025 and 2030, the report suggests that hydrogen HGV manufacturing should be ramped up with the rollout of basic station network to support rapid market transition.
With this, hydrogen blending in the network should increase and 100% hydrogen trails should be utilised to deliver the first hydrogen town.
Hydrogen should then be blended into the gas network across the country.
By 2040, the sale of diesel and biomethane fuel trucks should end with the rapid conversion of fuelling stations to hydrogen whilst gas pipelines should be delivering 100% hydrogen to large clusters around the nation.
By 2050 zero-emission HGVs are expected to be the norm with hydrogen being used to power most of the country’s homes through the gas network.
Dr. Angie Needle, Director of Strategy at Cadent, said, “Hydrogen is an important component of how we reach net zero for transport.”
“There are emissions savings we are making today from bio CNG that not only help to decarbonise HGV transport here and now but enable a hydrogen future.”
“It is critical that Government recognises the role that green gas will play in decarbonising transport.”
Read the report in full here.