Hydrogen vs Electrification: what will power Australia’s energy future?

Off the back of COP26 and the announcement of the Federal Government’s Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy, we ask our experts for their opinions on the hot topic of hydrogen vs electrification.


Note: WSP analysis based on publicly available research

Battery Electric Buses (BEB) reduce GHG emissions significantly when charged with standard grid mix in Australia, and are close to zero emissions when charged with 100% renewable electricity

When considering upstream Scope 3 emissions associated with fuel production, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus (HFCB) has higher GHG emissions than Diesel if fuelled with hydrogen made through electrolysis process with standard grid electricity, or through coal gasification (black hydrogen)