This paper represents the common position of 5 industry associations and partners (Hydrogen Europe, ASD, BIC, EFPIA and UNIFE) involved in 6 EU institutional Public Private Partnerships (IPPP 1 ) (under the legal structure known as Joint Undertakings (JUs)), collectively representing 453 companies and 48 national associations, supplemented by 218 RTOs and university associations 2 .

In the context of the H2020 Programme midterm review, the P. Lamy report, the upcoming Bohemia study, and initial reflections around the future European Research and Innovation (R&I) Framework Programme 9 (FP9 from 2021 to 2027), IPPP industry and research association members and partners hereby wish to highlight that EU IPPP programmes demonstrate unmatched value added materialized by high effectivity, attractiveness and competitiveness.


Following the adoption last February of a first Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy, the coalition of associations has continued to work together to develop a more detailed Joint Paper in reaction to the Communication on “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: a renewed Industrial Strategy for Europe” published by the European Commission in September. In this Joint Reaction Paper, the Signatories – representing a wide range of industrial sectors – have identified all key objectives and missing measures that should be at the heart of any ambitious and longer-term EU industrial strategy, taking the Communication as a starting point. The recommendations of the #Industry4Europe coalition touch upon major policy fields, including business-friendly environment and governance, skills & training, research and innovation, access to finance, internal market as well as trade and international market access. Hydrogen Europe is proud to be a part of this initiative.

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About hydrogen  

Hydrogen can power our everyday lives by heating our homes, powering our industries charging our appliances and fuelling our cars, buses and ships

  • Hydrogen is the simplest element in the universe. We can’t see it but it’s everywhere
  • It can be produced using any primary source of energy, including renewables, making it potentially limitless
  • It can create 100% carbon neutral clean energy. No emissions whatsoever!

How it works

Hydrogen works best in combination with fuel cells which are two times more efficient than traditional combustion engines.

Beyond clean power, the only by-products are water and potentially useable heat.

Wide range of applications

Hydrogen technologies have the unique potential to connect our energy, transport and industry sectors.


Europeans need economic growth, energy security and climate change action. Hydrogen technologies can deliver by:

  • Creating new business and commercial opportunities for European companies
  • Storing domestic renewables at a virtually unlimited scale
  • Decarbonising transport through the deployment of zero-emission vehicles
  • Reducing energy consumption as well as emissions of greenhouse gases, pollutants and particulates for heating and decentralized power production

Our Vision

Making hydrogen energy an everyday reality across Europe

Our Mission

We bring together diverse industry players, large companies and SMEs, who support the delivery of hydrogen and fuel cells technologies. We do this to enable the adoption of an abundant and reliable energy which efficiently fuels Europe’s low carbon economy.

What we do

We represent the views and aspirations of the hydrogen and fuel cells industry in Europe.

We seek to promote hydrogen and fuel cells as clean and efficient technologies.

We are a dedicated resource for stakeholders wanting more information on the benefits hydrogen and fuel cells could bring to society.

We develop, in coordination with our members, the necessary materials, documents and position papers to achieve our mission.

We help our members to develop their business activities in Europe.

Who we are

Hydrogen Europe (formerly known as NEW-IG) is the leading industry association representing almost 100 companies, both large and SMEs, working to make hydrogen energy an everyday reality. Hydrogen Europe partners with the European Commission and the research community to accelerate the market introduction of these clean technologies in the energy and transport sectors.

Learn More

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Download European Challenges Infographic
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Get in touch

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Hydrogen Europe Secretariat

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