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04.03.2021

Renewable hydrogen will be key to Europe’s decarbonisation

A European Coalition for green hydrogen
The energy future of Europe lies in renewable hydrogen produced via electrolysis using electricity from other renewable sources like wind and solar: to reach decarbonisation by 2050, use of this resource must increase more and more.

This being the case, the European Commission is implementing numerous initiatives to increase the capacity of green hydrogen-generating electrolyzers to 6 GW by 2024 and 40 GW by 2030, while at the same time betting on scaling up hydrogen production to 1 million tonnes by 2024 and 10 million tonnes by 2030.

Renewable hydrogen represents, in fact, the optimum solution in the fight against climate change, especially in sectors where it is urgent to move away from fossil fuels, like heavy transport, aviation, shipping and industrial manufacturing.

WindEurope, SolarPower Europe and Breakthrough Energy have launched the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition with the aim to promote green hydrogen’s role for the achievement of the sustainability and decarbonisation goals established by the EU. The initiative aims to build a multidisciplinary network of innovators, investors and company executives to make Europe the world leader in sustainable hydrogen.

The Coalition recently published its own Policy Charter, which defines the policy basis for the European sustainable hydrogen market.

"Renewable hydrogen will have a key role to play in a sustainable, efficient and modern EU energy system. It offers a great opportunity for Europe to stimulate green recovery, create jobs and be the global leader in clean energy technologies. The Commission launched its ambitious hydrogen strategy last year and I am very happy to see private sector taking action. We need to boost all links in the European hydrogen value chain and this is exactly what the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition has set out to do with the charter published today”, said Europe’s Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson.

The Coalition invites private companies who share the sustainable hydrogen vision to join their cause by signing the Policy Charter and committing to recalibrating European industry through this sustainable energy resource, in order to reach climate neutrality by 2050.