European Commission hydrogen strategy released

In its hydrogen strategy, the European Commission presents an ambitious push for hydrogen as an energy source. This includes the following targets

  • From 2020 to 2024, the EU will support the installation of at least 6 gigawatts of renewable hydrogen electrolysers and the production of up to one million tonnes of renewable hydrogen.
  • From 2025 to 2030, hydrogen should become an intrinsic part of the EU’s integrated energy system, with at least 40 gigawatts of renewable hydrogen electrolysers and the production of up to ten million tonnes of renewable hydrogen in the EU.

From 2030 to 2050, renewable hydrogen technologies should reach maturity and be deployed at large scale across all hard-to-decarbonise sectors. In the maritime area, the strategy has identified the potential of hydrogen in maritime transport. For the Commission, hydrogen can eventually be used for inland waterways and short-sea shipping as an alternative low emission fuel. For longer-distance shipping, fuel cell power can be scaled up from one to multiple megawatts, as well as use renewable hydrogen for the production of synthetic fuels, methanol or ammonia.

The Commission also launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance with industry leaders, civil society, national and regional ministers and the European Investment Bank. The Alliance will build up an investment pipeline for scaled-up production and support demand for clean hydrogen in the EU. Interested companies and organisations can join the Alliance. More information can be found here.

The full Hydrogen Strategy can be found here.

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