Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Hydrogen

Department for Transport written question – answered on 13th July 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to include hydrogen.

Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on reviewing and updating the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

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

Renewable hydrogen supplied in the UK is eligible for support under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), a certificate trading scheme. It is categorised as a development fuel, which potentially benefits from a higher tradeable certificate value.

The Department regularly monitors and reviews the RTFO to ensure it delivers cost effective carbon savings. Any future legislative proposals to amend the RTFO are subject to consultation and so would be subject to collective ministerial agreement.

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