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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

H2: Driving the Future

The report summarises the possibilities in the short and medium term for the use of hydrogen as a road transport fuel. In particular, it highlights the pivotal role for government in facilitating this introduction.

For the first time since the invention of the motor vehicle, a new transport fuel has the potential to sever the link between car use and air borne pollution.

Driving a vehicle powered by hydrogen will create no pollution. In fact, the only emission from the exhaust will be water vapour. If the hydrogen can be produced using renewable energy then the vehicles will be genuinely zero emission.

Rapid deveoplment of hydrogen vehicle technologies offers Government a means of improving air quality, radically cutting greenhouse gases and reducing our dependence on oil. It could take some decades before hydrogen is a mainstream part of our economy, but the preparations and policy changes need to start now.

Interest in zero emission, hydrogen vehicles will inevitably increase in the coming years. H2: Driving the Future summarises the possibilities in the short and medium term for the use of hydrogen as a road transport fuel, and in particular highlights the pivotal role for Government in facilitating its introduction. Hydrogen may well be the fuel of the future but only if Government has the foresight to recognise its huge potential.