In 2016, Hydrogen Europe welcomed the first eight national associations as members – the Belgian, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Latvian, Romanian and Spanish. Today, we count 21 national associations as our members. One of the first joint efforts of this grouping in their work together on the HyLAW project. This project will look into the removal of legal barriers to commercialisation of FCH technologies.
Considering Member State specific needs for the future energy mix, Hydrogen Europe does not only inform association members about EU policy updates, its agenda is increasingly shaped by their input. Working with the national and regional associations will allow Hydrogen Europe to gain ever more insight into the implications of EU Policy on Member States. We will work with our new national and regional association members to understand what key pieces of EU Legislation, such as the Renewable Energy Directive, look like at transposition stage. Similarly, the national and regional associations inform the advocacy team of the challenges particular to their constituency, whether these are political, legal, technical or financial. Hydrogen Europe is now better placed than ever to overcome hurdles on the road to commercialisation of hydrogen technologies. From the offset, it was clear that there is huge potential for collaboration between the hydrogen technology associations across Europe. Hydrogen Europe kick-started this new strand of our work by completing a detailed mapping of what each national and regional association does – and it did not take long to find synergies. Our association members will not only benefit from resources shared by Hydrogen Europe, but the association is pleased to offer a platform for collaboration and ideas sharing.