‘Aspirational’: HGV hydrogen trials to begin as the UK moves away from diesel vehicles

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As part of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, the Government and the Department for Transport are implementing countless measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It announced a £20million investment this year to support industry to develop cost-effective, zero emission HGVs and refuelling infrastructure across the UK.

This includes designing an electric road system and hydrogen fuel cell trials in the hope that it will lead to a larger shift in fuelling options, and away from diesel.

CNG Fuels, the UK’s largest supplier of alternative low-carbon fuels for HGVs, announced plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its rapidly expanding UK network of public access biomethane refuelling stations to support the future decarbonisation of HGVs.

It hopes to start the trials in mid-2022 and by 2025 plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.

Recent HGV driver shortages have highlighted how important the vehicles are for the entire UK economy, from fuel to goods and food.

By slowly decarbonising the sector, the UK Government has a better chance of moving towards its climate goals of being net zero by 2050.

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said the need for hydrogen-fuelled HGVs was evident.

He said: “HGVs alone account for five percent of all UK emissions, making their decarbonisation one of the single most important things the UK can do to meet our net zero ambitions.

“Renewable biomethane is and will continue to be the most effective decarbonisation solution for heavy transport for many years.

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“However, we have launched HyFuels to ensure we are ready to support our customers’ journey to a multi-fuel future as new technologies become commercially viable and the fuel readily available.”

HGVs account for 16 percent of UK transport emissions, despite representing just five percent of total road miles on UK roads.

CNG Fuels already supports major fleets with fully renewable biomethane sourced from food waste and manure across its UK-wide network of public access refuelling stations.

Major brands already on board include the John Lewis Partnership, Waitrose, Hermes, Warburtons, and Royal Mail, with demand for the fuel doubling every year for the last five years.

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