Sustainable transport visions: What role for hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle technologies?

Lorraine Whitmarsh, Martin Wietschel

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Transport systems perform vital societal functions, but in their present state cannot be considered 'sustainable'. Particular concerns in this respect include emissions, accidents, land use, noise and inaccessibility of amenities. Increasing attention is being focussed or hydrogen transport technologies as a possible means of achieving more sustainable transport. In this paper, we draw on expert stakeholder evidence and the wider literature to elucidate criteria for sustainable transport and determine the extent to which hydrogen transport technologies can meet these criteria. Our findings indicate that hydrogen could alleviate some of the problems in the transport sector associated with emissions and energy supply security. However, other transport problems are not mitigated - and some may even be exacerbated - by hydrogen use. Thus, we highlight the need for integrated transport policies and argue for more reflexive and inclusive societal debate about the impacts and beneficiaries of hydrogen transport technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-226
Number of pages20
JournalEnergy and Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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