Liebreich: ‘Oil sector is lobbying for inefficient hydrogen cars because it wants to delay electrification’. Influential analyst and adviser explains why powering cars with H2 is a terrible idea, no matter what the hydrocarbons industry says. In an attempt to guide governments and industry players away from the spin, he has created what he calls his Hydrogen Ladder, a simple chart (pictured) showing which use cases for H2 are uncompetitive, which are unavoidable for decarbonisation, and which sit somewhere in the middle. So at the top of his ladder, at the “unavoidable” end, lie the existing uses of highly polluting grey hydrogen produced from unabated fossil fuels — such as ammonia-based fertiliser and oil refining, which are responsible for 3-4% of all global carbon emissions. Seasonal power storage, steel, chemicals, shipping and long-haul aviation (using liquid hydrogen or synthetic fuels derived from H2) are also high up. At the bottom “uncompetitive” end of the ladder are hydrogen cars and domestic heating — which he says make no sense when you have battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) and heat pumps.
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