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Joint call on enabling market traction for renewable hydrogen

Date

29 Jun 2021

Sections

Climate & Environment

Hydrogen Europe and the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition signed a joint statement calling on the European Commission to ensure that structural challenges are adequately addressed to boost the deployment of renewable hydrogen across Europe.
 
In the framework of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and the draft Delegated Act on renewable electricity for renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs), the signatories urge the European Commission to address the critical barriers imposed on renewable hydrogen producers and stress the fact that these pieces of legislation should focus on enabling market traction for renewable hydrogen, while similarly taking bold action to remove bottlenecks for the deployment of additional renewable capacities.
 
In the joint call, six principles are proposed to unlock the integration of more renewable electricity by increasing the EU 2030 renewable energy targets, removing regulatory barriers and improving the regulatory environmentTime is pressing and concrete action with regards to immediate abatement of greenhouse gases cannot wait any longer. The outmost priority is to deliver the first milestone set by the EU Hydrogen Strategy of producing one million tonnes of renewable hydrogen and deploying at least 6GW of installed electrolyser capacity by 2024.
 
Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe, commented the joint call, “Using renewables for producing hydrogen is the perfect marriage. Investors all over the globe can expect a stable development in the upcoming decades. The European Commission should act now to make sure the right boost is given to renewable hydrogen to ensure investor certainty and achieve the EU hydrogen strategy goals.”

François Paquet, Impact Director of the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition said: “Renewable Hydrogen is the missing link to fully decarbonize hard-to-electrify sectors. The ‘Fit for 55’ package must prioritize the uptake of renewable hydrogen and preserve renewable hydrogen producers from disproportionate requirements in this early phase to ensure the cost-competitiveness of renewable hydrogen compared to fossil-based hydrogen. Yet this can only work if bold and concrete action is taken to massively deploy new renewable installations in the coming years by improving the regulatory framework and faster permitting.” 
 
Click here to read the joint call.

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