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Together with 80+ signatories, today (07.12.2022) we sent a letter to Minister Jozef Sikela and the Energy and Transport Ministers of EU Member States our deep concerns regarding the ongoing discussion on the Renewable Energy Directive.
Renewable hydrogen is a fundamental part of Europe’s decarbonisation and energy security strategy. However, this is not reflected sufficiently in the ongoing trialogues. This is why we believe that ambitious and binding RFNBO (renewable fuels of non-biological origin) quotas for both industry and transport are so important.
Binding targets will send a strong market signal and will accelerate much needed investments into production, transport, storage and end-use of hydrogen infrastructure. This issue is especially pertinent given the enormous attraction of the recent US Inflation Reduction Act, and the very real risk of losing significant investment overseas.
The European Commission and the co-legislators in the European Parliament strongly support ambitious and binding targets for RFNBOs and we firmly call on Member States to adopt an ambitious binding target for RFNBOs in transport along with the binding target for industry, a decisive measure for the EU to meet both decarbonization and security of energy supply challenges.