A Hydrogen Future? An Economic and Environmental Assessment of Hydrogen Production Pathways

Issue Paper
November 17, 2005

Hydrogen is being touted as the fuel of the future, but how it is produced matters. This NRDC issue paper identifies current and possible future sources of hydrogen, and examines the cost and environmental impacts of different methods of hydrogen production. The least expensive and most developed methods in use today are not necessarily environmentally sustainable. The analysis suggests that hydrogen will not provide an immediate solution to America's energy and climate crises.