MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A resident has asked me whether the source for the hydrogen that will be used in the hydrogen buses is a sustainable source?


Answer for Hydrogen

Answer for Hydrogen

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The current eight zero-emission fuel-cell buses operating on route RV1 in London include an element of industrial recycled hydrogen that would otherwise be wasted, but most comes from steam reforming of natural gas.

By introducing two more fuel-cell buses this autumn and a further 20 from 2018, TfL is sending out a signal that there is an emerging market for this technology here and in other cities and a need for more sustainable fuel production.

To enhance air quality as fast as possible, the conventional bus fleet will be raised to the ultra-low emission Euro VI engine emission standard or better by 2020 and all new buses will need to be hybrid diesel-electric or zero-emission from 2018. On top of this, my 12 Low Emission Bus Zones - the first of which was created in Putney High Street earlier this year - will bring about very rapid change in targeted locations.