chapter  9
20 Pages

Hydrogen in the UK: Comparing Urban and Regional Drivers

ByMike Hodson, Simon Marvin

The promise of the hydrogen economy in addressing the issues of climate change, energy security and local air pollution has captured the imagination of politicians and policy-makers, not only internationally and nationally, but also at the city/regional level (see Bush, 2003; Prodi, 2003; Mayor of London, 2004). Much of this enthusiasm operates at a rhetorical level, making a multiplicity of claims about the possibilities of the hydrogen economy which, despite generating much political and policy excitement, has led to only a few highly selective and discretionary attempts to address the development of hydrogen economy initiatives in particular city/regional contexts (see Eames et al, 2006).