Clean Hydrogen Partnership
On 19.11.2021, the Council of the European Union gave its green light to the Single Basic Act, a regulation aimed at facilitating the launch of 9 new Institutionalised European Partnerships, namely ‘Joint Undertakings’, between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry and research, to deliver innovative solutions in Europe for global health, technology and climate challenges. Also, the Council adopted a decision on the involvement of the EU in a 10th partnership, the European Partnership on Metrology, to increase investments in metrology research and capabilities, and to enable in this way relevant innovative products. This follows the Commission’s proposal from February aimed at speeding up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, as well as strengthening the resilience and competitiveness of the European industry.
The EU will provide nearly €10 billion of funding from Horizon Europe that the partners will match with at least an equivalent amount of investment. This combined contribution is expected to leverage additional investments in the areas of health, transport, energy, digital technology and metrology, create jobs and growth, and generate long-term positive impact on the environment and the society.
Following the steps of the successful Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking I and II, the Clean Hydrogen Partnership will accelerate the development and deployment of the European value chain for clean hydrogen technologies, contributing to sustainable, decarbonised and fully integrated energy systems. Together with the Hydrogen Alliance, it will contribute to the achievement of the Union's objectives put forward in the EU hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe. It will focus on technology R&I for producing, distributing and storing clean hydrogen as well as solutions for hard to abate sectors, such as energy intensive industries and heavy-duty transport. For more info, please click here.