Unfamiliar fuel: How the UK public views the infrastructure required to supply hydrogen for road transport

Bellaby, P., Upham, P., Flynn, R. and Ricci, M. (2016) Unfamiliar fuel: How the UK public views the infrastructure required to supply hydrogen for road transport. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41 (15). pp. 6534-6543. ISSN 0360-3199 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/28655

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.03.024

Abstract/Description

In 2007, under contract to the UK Department for Transport, we engaged with the public about the infrastructure to supply hydrogen for transport. We combined a quota-sample survey of 1003 across three disparate ‘travel-to-work areas’ in England with focus groups representative of them. We informed the groups ‘at arm's length’ through a purpose-made video, composed with advice from a hydrogen scientist and made by professional broadcasters. Participants saw benefits in hydrogen energy. None rejected it on safety grounds, though many discussed the risks. The costs were considered a problem. ‘The public’ was not of one mind. Regular car drivers were unwilling to reduce their car use. Bus users, cyclists and walkers often sought improvements in air quality. Motorists knew more than others about hydrogen energy. In discussion we seek psychological and socio-cultural explanations for these results. We conclude by drawing out implications for the future of hydrogen in transport.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:hydrogen-in-transport infrastructure, public engagement, contrasting travel-to-work-areas, psycho-social explanations
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology
ID Code:28655
Deposited By: Dr M. Ricci
Deposited On:11 Apr 2016 10:49
Last Modified:05 Apr 2017 03:51

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