A meeting of a European-wide association to promote the use of hydrogen fuel to help de-carbonise the van and truck transport sector has been led by the lord provost of Aberdeen.
HyER – the European Association for Hydrogen and fuel cells and electro-mobility in European Regions – was set up in 2008 in collaboration with the European Commission.
It is a membership association of 16 cities and regions across ten Member States committed to the introduction of these technologies and the transition to zero-emission transport and energy systems.
It held a major conference in Brussels yesterday where – as president – Aberdeen Councillor Barney Crockett was a keynote speaker.
Heavy duty trucks represent a large share of emissions from the transport sector in Europe and members of HyER considered how to manage the shift of the heavy duty transport sector to alternative fuels such as hydrogen, battery electric, compressed natural gas (CNP), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Cllr Crockett talked about the work of HyER and why the decarbonising of heavy duty road transport is important for cities and regions and the challenges currently facing members.
He said; “The long-haul road transport sector causes around 25% of emissions from transport in Europe.
“It is essential to find ways to decarbonise the heavy duty freight sector and therefore to support the uptake of alternatives to fossil fuels, along with modal shift solutions.
“Cities and regions have a key role in procuring zero-emission vehicles and in the development of policies to fight climate change and improve air quality.
“Legislation at EU and national level to control emissions from heavy duty trucks means that cleaner trucks must be introduced and alternative fuel vehicles need to be part of the solution.
“Being part of HyER means Aberdeen is at the forefront of looking at current challenges, the solutions offered by the industry, how to accelerate their deployment and development.
“We have made great progress with zero emission buses and cars – we now need to make the same progress with heavy duty transport.”
1 Feb 2018