The Clean Energy Partnership is presenting its fleet of vehicles at the UN Climate Change Conference holding next week in Bonn, Germany. The partnership will also provide information on present status of hydrogen mobility and its potential as a key component in an energy and transport revolution – because hydrogen-powered electric vehicles support the UN goals for the decarbonisation of transport.
The shared goal of the 197 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is to stabilise the climate system by stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations at a level which would avoid the worst climate impacts. The resulting necessity to successfully transition to green energy is particularly relevant for the transport sector: one of the largest emitters, transport is responsible for 23% of global CO2 emissions. At the same time, the volume of traffic is steadily increasing worldwide. There is an urgent need to continuously reduce the use of fossil fuels in transport. Governments and business have great hopes in the potential of new technologies, which in combination with renewable fuels will enable efficient, environmentally friendly mobility.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said: “Emissions from transportation are one of the key challenges facing governments as they work towards national and international action in support of the new UN Paris climate agreement. Showcasing the next generation of alternatively-powered vehicles underlines how fast technology and solutions are moving, delivering ever more opportunities for fast-forwarding the ambition needed to keep a global temperature rise well under 2 degrees Celsius.”
The Clean Energy Partnership is dedicated to developing hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles, the requisite infrastructure, and ‘green’ production of hydrogen, in an integrative approach that includes linking the energy and transport sectors as a basis for the sensible use of renewable fuels. Hydrogen, used as an energy source and storage medium, provides a sustainable solution to the challenges of the energy revolution. Under the auspices of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport, the CEP currently unites 20 industrial partners, who are all working to meet German and EU climate protection targets. This makes the Clean Energy Partnership Europe’s largest demonstration project in the field of hydrogen mobility – and it has already achieved some major successes.
For example, the suitability of hydrogen as a fuel for daily use is now considered proven. Now the partners are demonstrating how hydrogen-powered electric vehicles can be used in individual and public transport to support a sustainable transport strategy.