BCGA video sets out the road ahead for hydrogen

9 October 2017

A NATIONAL trade body is broadening the debate on green transport with the development of a new video setting out the value of ultra-low emission hydrogen powered vehicles for UK roads.

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA), has produced the short film to highlight the range of compelling benefits hydrogen fuel celled vehicles offer.

Available to view at the film sets out how the vehicles can help tackle air pollution, provide a comparable range and performance to combustion engine vehicles - and need no recharging.

Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of BCGA, said: "Current discussions about green transport tend to centre around hybrid and battery electric options, with hydrogen powered vehicles largely under the radar.
"However, the substantial benefits associated with hydrogen vehicles in areas including air quality, competitive performance and convenience are starting to become increasingly recognised in the UK.
"They have a realistic driving range in excess of 400 miles, which is a major benefit for drivers looking to make longer journeys using alternative-fuel vehicles.

"The refuelling process is also very similar to traditional petrol and diesel engines at the pump, with no need for recharging points and infrastructure.
"Crucially, they also release no Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and particulates, which is a problem associated with diesel cars.
"This means they can have a significant, positive impact on air quality, particularly in towns and cities, and help address the health issues associated with air pollution.
"As a result of these benefits, uptake of hydrogen fuelled cars has made significant progress across parts of the world, including mainland Europe, America and Japan.

"But despite the success of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) around the globe, a lack of refuelling opportunities nationally has hampered their introduction in the UK.

"The landscape is starting to change with initiatives including the Government's announcement earlier this year of a new £23 million fund to accelerate the take-up of hydrogen vehicles and roll out more cutting-edge infrastructure.

"We hope this video will help generate more interest in the issue and give insight for audiences including fleet companies, public transport and car-buying consumers who will be better informed to choose the vehicle which best suits their needs."


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Notes To Editors - About BCGA

The ‘invisible industry' underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation - industrial and medical gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people in the UK every day.
Industrial gases perform a wide-ranging role, supporting the manufacture of information technology, as well as key UK industrial sectors including steelmaking, refining, welding, chemical processing and electronics. They also help keep homes warm, water clean and food nutritious, appealing and affordable - while medical gases play a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia.
The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is the UK membership body for this critical industry. With a commitment to stringent quality, safety and environmental measures, BCGA members employ 19,000 people directly and account for an annual turnover of £2.7 billion.
Members of BCGA operate in a highly-regulated industry and work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers' working environments.

BCGA promotes safety practice through its publications and also participates in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards.

About The Blue Book

The Blue Book is the established technical guidance on providing information about storage and dispensing of petroleum products used as fuels for motor vehicles (including petrol, diesel and autogas).
It provides information on civil, mechanical, hydraulic and electrical installation issues for the planning, design, construction, commissioning, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations, together with information aimed to minimise the risks from fire and explosion, to health and to the environment.

The publication is produced jointly by the Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA) and the Service station panel of the Energy Institute (EI).
Considerable technical input is also provided by UK competent authorities (the Health & Safety Executive and the Environment Agency), as well as professional organisations and trade associations including BCGA.

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