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Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th June 2020.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he (a) has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of EU plans (i) for large-scale investment in green hydrogen and (ii) to increase the number of hydrogen refueling stations and (b) plans to introduce those schemes in the UK.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

We want to utilise the UK’s high-quality engineering and manufacturing capability to ensure we are a global leader in hydrogen fuel cell powered transportation. Our approach to delivering long-term ambitions for greener transport is technology neutral and we are supporting hydrogen where the market favours its use. Our £23m Hydrogen for Transport Programme is increasing the uptake of fuel cell electric vehicles and growing the number of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations. The programme is delivering new refuelling stations and upgrading some existing stations as well as deploying hundreds of new hydrogen vehicles. The Government is supporting public and private sector fleets to become early adopters through the £2m FCEV Fleet Support Scheme. In addition, £6.4m of the Low and Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme funding has been invested in more than 60 hydrogen buses operating in Birmingham and around Gatwick. The Office Low Emission Vehicles and the Advanced Propulsion Centre are also funding a wide range of innovation projects in hydrogen vehicles. Government is also committed to supporting innovation in the hydrogen supply chain from production to end use. The £20m BEIS Hydrogen Supply Programme aims to accelerate the development of low carbon bulk hydrogen solutions. The £20m BEIS Storage at Scale Programme aims to demonstrate innovative large-scale energy storage. Two BEIS industry funded programmes are also investigating the feasibility and safety of a hydrogen grid network.

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