Hydrogen for Climate Action: How to kick-start the EU hydrogen industry to achieve the EU climate goals?
On 9th October 2019, the Hydrogen for Climate Action conference, co-organised by the European Commission’s DG GROW and Hydrogen Europe, took place in Brussels. Over 450 stakeholders from all across Europe attended the event and 1366 followed the web streaming.
The conference kick-started the work on the Important Projects of Common European Interests (IPCEI). The IPCEI is one of the most important tools to upscale the European Strategic Value Chain (SVC) on hydrogen technologies and systems, seen as a key sector in the EU, notably for its expected contribution to achieving the EU climate objectives.
The projects presented during the event will mean an investment of more than €60 billion over the next 5-10 years and, once completed, they will save 35 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.
“The IPCEI projects presented at the conference showed in an impressive way that hydrogen technologies are ready today for deployment. No need to wait another 10 years to reap the benefits for climate action.” said Christian Weinberger, Senior Adviser on Advanced Industrial Technologies and Hydrogen Coordinator, DG GROW, European Commission.
These strategic value chains are interlinked and integrated industrial activities with great potential to contribute to Europe’s green and digital transformation and to improve Europe’s competitiveness.
As such, hydrogen has been seen as having a significant role to play in decarbonising the industrial, transport and energy sectors, as it enables the production, storage and consumption of energy without emissions whilst contributing to the EU’s technological leadership. It can also support the EU's efforts towards energy independence, as hydrogen-based energy can be generated within EU borders, complementing existing solar and wind energy capacities.
Furthermore, hydrogen can play a significant role globally and more specifically with other continents such as Africa and the Middle East in terms of jobs creation and climate mitigation potential.
The speakers of the CEOs high level panel – Javier Calleja, CEO, Solaris Bus & Coaches, Jon André Løkke, CEO, NEL Hydrogen, Gerrit Marx, President Commercial and Specialty Vehicles, CNH Industrial/IVECO, Pascal Mauberger, CEO, McPhy and Andreas Regnell, Senior Vice President Strategic Development/Member of the Executive Group Management, Vattenfall – all agreed and sent the same collective message: the hydrogen industry is ready to scale up and bring down costs.
The conference attendees also witnessed the joint call from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), Hydrogen Europe and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) for the accelerated deployment of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across the EU.
Lastly, the next event related to the IPCEI on hydrogen was also announced: on 18th November 2019, a matchmaking workshop will be organised in Brussels to allow the projects and the interested industrial partners to meet and match with the final aim to progress in shaping the different activities.
For further information on the Hydrogen for Climate Action conference and the IPCEI on hydrogen activities, please visit www.hydrogen4climateaction.eu.