Arup: realising the first hydrogen as fuel project in Hong Kong

As the world grapples with the complex challenge of meeting the society’s growing energy needs whilst decarbonising the global economy, finding scalable, affordable and zero emission sources of energy is now a global priority.

Hydrogen technologies have been playing an increasingly prominent role in recent years, as governments and industries ramp up their efforts to implement the energy transition and promote sustainable development. While Hong Kong has yet to establish a full-fledged hydrogen strategy of its own, the government is already committed to developing the potential of hydrogen technologies in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Arup has been contracted by the government to develop the regulatory framework which will govern hydrogen-fuelled public transport and heavy-duty transport in Hong Kong. As part of the project, Arup was also tasked with designing Hong Kong’s first hydrogen fuel cell bus trial, reviewing risk assessments for vehicles and refuelling stations. Leveraging on our international experiences, the team has developed specific proposals and recommendations related to the context of Hong Kong.

Being the first major hydrogen as a fuel project in Hong Kong, the job marked a crucial step for the city in beginning the decarbonisation of its transport sector. This appointment is also a testament to Arup’s significant presence and recognised role as a technical consultant for future hydrogen projects in the public and private sectors.

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