Fit for 55: Hydrogen is the H2ero Net Zero allowing to meet the climate objectives on time 

Brussels, 13 June 2021. The Fit for 55 Package must be a fit for purpose framework that delivers an effective and future-proof achievement of the EU’s climate targets. Yet, this needs to be in line with affordability and societal acceptance. 

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe, said: “Fit for 55 marks the dawn of a new era and hydrogen sets the course for a new paradigm. Time is precious for the EU to reach its ambitious emission reduction objectives in just ten years. It must start walking the talk now, and hydrogen gives the Fit for 55 initiatives a major push to achieve the EU’s climate objectives on time.” 

Developing a clean hydrogen economy will be instrumental in making the Fit for 55 Package a success as it builds the basis for an accelerated and cost-efficient paradigm shift towards climate friendly technologies especially such as renewable energies. Hydrogen marks the dawn of a new era where coal, oil and also gas can be replaced by hydrogen being multitalented as a renewably produced energy vector, fuel and chemical feedstock. This is why hydrogen is called the “H2ero Net Zero” enabling many tasks with regards to the decarbonization of our lives.

The Fit for 55 package proves that hydrogen is moving from an afterthought to a central pillar of the energy system. It has strong potential to become a solution to many of the Fit for 55 proposals as it unleashes the potential of renewables, ensures energy system efficiency, and enables a carbon-neutral transport system.

The rapid development of hydrogen is not only important for meeting the EU’s climate objectives but also for preserving and enhancing the EU’s industrial and economic competitiveness. With projects across the whole continent, the EU is well placed to become the birthplace of a global hydrogen economy denominated in Euro currency.

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July 2021

Unlocking the potential of clean mobility: the revision of CO2 emission standards for cars and vans

Hydrogen Europe considers the revision of the Regulation setting CO emission performance standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles to be a key legislative initiative to help the EU deliver upon its 2030 climate targets and to reinforce its global leadership in zero-emission vehicles, particularly hydrogen fuel cell ones.

In our paper we call for:

  1. Setting ambitious and appropriate CO2 standards
  2. An ambitious regulatory framework based on synergies to unlock hydrogen vehicles uptake
  3. Accurately measuring emissions and recognising the role of low carbon/renewable fuels
  4. System efficiency and technology neutrality as underlying principles for a revised regulation
  5. Allocating excess emissions premiums for the clean transition of the automotive industry
July 2021

Different Energy Carriers Require Separate Systems Of Guarantees Of Origin

Hydrogen Europe considers the imminent review of the Renewable Energy Directive should focus on renewable energy only. It should also focus on accountability and transparency. As such, the revision must address the shortcomings of the existing Guarantees of Origin (GO) system and redesign it along the following 5 key principles: Traceability, Trackability, Tradability, Transparency and Trustworthiness.

Key recommendations

  1. Create a distinct hydrogen GO, separate from electricity and gas.  
  2. Encourage the use of GOs in addition to PPAs to prove the renewable character and CO2 intensity of the electricity procured for the production of renewable hydrogen. 
  3. Initiate the development of a global system for Hydrogen Guarantees of Origin (HGOs), with track-and-trace and auditing functionality. 
  4. Set clear ground rules that avoid false or misleading claims. Enable the cancellation of H2 GOs and the issuance of a natural gas GO when physical volumes are blended.
June 2021

Hydrogen Europe’s position paper on Fit for 55 package

The “Fit for 55 Package” presents a unique opportunity to begin putting into place a concrete and fit for purpose framework for the development of clean hydrogen economy.
In this paper you will find Hydrogen Europe’s recommendations on how hydrogen can:
  • Unleash the potential of renewables;
  • Bring “efficiency” to the energy “system” of the future;
  • Enable a carbon neutral transport system.
HE-Renewable Hydrogen Coalition: Joint call on enabling market traction for renewable hydrogen

Hydrogen Europe and the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition signed a joint statement calling on the European Commission to ensure that structural challenges are adequately addressed to boost the deployment of renewable hydrogen across Europe.

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Hydrogen Act Towards the Creation of the European hydrogen Economy

The proposed “Hydrogen Act” is not a single piece of legislation, it is intended to be a vision for an umbrella framework aimed at harmonising and integrating all separate hydrogen-related actions and legislations. It focuses on infrastructure and market aspects, describing three phases of development: the kick-start phase, the ramp-up phase and the market-growth phase.

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How hydrogen can help decarbonsie the maritime sector

Although there is no silver bullet to decarbonise the maritime sector, we cannot afford to have a patchwork of legislation and regulations and need a European regulatory framework with clear and ambitious obligations for the use of hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels by 2025 and 2030 in the maritime sector.

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A workable approach to additionality, geographic and temporal correlation is key to the achievement of the EU Hydrogen Strategy

Hydrogen Europe is publishing its paper outlining its positions on issues related to the Delegated Act of the renewable energy directive on recital 90 and article 27 specifically – additionality, geographic and temporal correlation.

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How to transport and store hydrogen? Facts and figures

ENTSOG, GIE and Hydrogen Europe have joined forces on a paper that answers a number of fundamental questions about gaseous and liquid hydrogen transport and storage. This factsheet provides an objective and informative analysis on key concepts, terminology and facts and figures from different public sources.

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Run on Water

HE supported the publication of a digestible, entertaining and very informative book on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies today. It comes at the right time, as hydrogen is becoming one of the main energy carriers of the 21st century.

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Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility

The document highlights the role of hydrogen in the decarbonisation of the transport sector. It also provides a series of policy recommendations covering all modes of transport, hydrogen distribution and infrastructure, and hydrogen as a fuel.

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Position paper on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive

To ensure a level playing field with other alternative fuels, and to allow the hydrogen market to reach capacity, the AFID needs to be revised and must include a set of actions that we describe in this paper.

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The EU Hydrogen Strategy: Hydrogen Europe Top 10 Key Recommendations

Our recommendations have been developed with the aim of creating a framework that supports and enhances the uptake of clean hydrogen and promotes its role as an enabler for sectorial integration.

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Hydrogen in the EU's Economic Recovery Plan

This report gives an overview of the announced support instruments under Next Generation EU and analyses how it will impact the hydrogen and fuel cell industry.

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Post COVID-19 and the Hydrogen Sector

Our analysis outlines the need for and rationale behind rapid action as a result of the coronavirus impact. The document tackles the following questions: is there a need to take action?; why should action be taken? what can be done?; and how much will it cost?

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Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA)

This document contains the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA)
of the Clean Hydrogen for Europe institutionalised partnership (IEP)
proposed by the private partner (Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe
Research), at a time where a political process evaluating whether the
partnership should be retained or not is still ongoing.

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Debunking myth: hydrogen production and water

In our factsheet where we debunk 3 myths around hydrogen production and water consumption: electrolysis uses vast amounts of water; electrolysis uses freshwater resources only and electrolysis is bound to create water stress in water-scarce regions.

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Clean Hydrogen Monitor

It’s the first of its kind overview showing the state of play with regards to hydrogen technologies in Europe. On an annual basis there will be an update serving as a basis for your investment or political decisions.

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2x40GW Green Hydrogen Initiative

Hydrogen will play a pivotal role in achieving an affordable, clean and prosperous economy. Hydrogen allows for cost-efficient bulk transport and storage of renewable energy and can decarbonise energy use in all sectors.

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