1. AberdeenAberdeen is located in North East Scotland and is Scotland’s third largest city located on the North Sea coast. There are around 220,000 inhabitants and the city is set between the Rivers Dee and Don. Traditionally Aberdeen was home to fishing, textile mills, shipbuilding and paper making. These industries have largely been replaced but their impact on the city is still obvious.

With the discovery of oil and gas in the North Sea in the 1970s Aberdeen has driven the North East of Scotland to the top of the UK’s economic growth tables with high technology developments, the oil industry as well as other sectors including food and life sciences.

Aberdeen has a long history of innovation and expertise in energy technology, from the early industries like paper and textiles, through to being at the centre of a global energy industry and now also developing a low carbon economy in line with ambitious national targets.

Aberdeen City Council recognises hydrogen can support these targets and has a vision for Aberdeen City Region in 2020 being a world-class energy hub leading a low carbon economy and at the forefront of hydrogen technology in Europe.

As a result, the Council has created a variety of transnational partnerships and we recognise the importance of collaboration and co-operation to stimulate innovation and in emerging sectors. Aberdeen City Council lead Europe’s biggest fuel cell bus demonstration project and now has ten fully operational hydrogen buses in the city region. We have also developed a strategic approach through the Aberdeen City Region Hydrogen Strategy & Action Plan 2015-2025. This document details a 10 year strategy outlining the key actions required and targets to ensure Aberdeen remains at the forefront of hydrogen technology.