"Hydrogen has been touted as the fuel of the future, and the technology
features prominently in the Morrison government’s plan to reach net-zero
emissions by 2050.
Earlier this month the government unveiled its “future fuels” strategy to
reduce emissions in the transport sector, committing A$250 million for battery
electric vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure. And in September, it pledged
almost A$500 million towards the Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs Program.
Decarbonising transport is crucial in the fight to limit global warming to 1.5℃
this century. We estimate the sector contributes about 20% of global emissions
– like burning two Olympic-size swimming pools filled with fossil fuels per
minute, every minute of the year.
But as independent researchers in transport emissions and energy, we believe
the focus on hydrogen in road transport is misplaced.
Projections show if all nations’ 2030 emissions reductions targets are met, the
planet will be on track to heat by a catastrophic 2.4℃. In this pressing need
to rapidly reduce global emissions before 2030, developing hydrogen for
low-emissions road transport won’t happen fast enough, and it doesn’t pose a
viable alternative to electric vehicles."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics