The Rail Industry Decarbonisation Task Force, assisted by the Rail Safety and Standards Board , released its final report to the Rail Minister on 20 July setting out its proposed approach to decarbonising the UK’s railways.
Hydrogen could bring significant benefits to the UK’s energy system: heating homes and businesses, powering vehicles, and balancing intermittent renewables. This new roadmap provides an overarching industrial strategy for hydrogen and fuel cells to play a greater role in the UK’s energy mix. The principal benefits outlined in the report are:
Environmental benefits – Adoption of hydrogen and fuel cells will improve air quality today, and following the actions described could reduce UK CO2 emissions by tens of millions of tonnes per year.