The Transport Decarbonisation Plan, set to be published later in the year, will set out options and support for green hydrogen across road, rail, maritime and aviation, according to the government.
On 22 September, Rachel Maclean, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Transport (DfT), responded to a question from SNP MP, Alan Brown, who had asked what assessment had been made of the potential contribution of hydrogen lorries to decarbonising transport. Brown also questioned what discussions had been held with representatives of the road haulage industry on the introduction of hydrogen lorries.
In response, Maclean set out how in 2018, the DfT published the outputs of the Transport Energy Model, offering a clear assessment of the relative environmental impacts of a range of fuel and powertrain options for road vehicles over the period to 2050, including hydrogen fuel cell HGVs. Maclean added that transport ministers and officials had been regularly meeting with sector representatives on a range of issues, including the use of hydrogen in the freight industry.
Over 700 key stakeholders had been engaged with during July and August supporting the development of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which will set out options and support for green hydrogen across road, rail, maritime and aviation.