EU’s ‘Clean Hydrogen Alliance’ must focus on renewables, greens insist

(EurActiv, 19 May 2020) The European Commission’s “Clean Hydrogen Alliance,” expected to be launched in the summer, should focus primarily on ensuring that renewables-based hydrogen becomes cheaper than fossil alternatives, campaigners argue.

European industry can lead the way in developing clean hydrogen solutions that will allow deep emission cuts in hard-to-abate sectors of the economy, according to a coalition of eight environmental NGOs and think tanks.

Europe is already a leader in technologies such as offshore wind and electrolysers which are key components of a clean hydrogen value chain, the coalition points out in a letter sent to the European Commission on Friday (15 May), which was shared exclusively with EURACTIV.

“To support European industry to expand its competitive advantage, the Clean Hydrogen Alliance must remain focused on one goal: beating expectations and making renewables-based hydrogen production cheaper than its alternative fossil production methods by 2030,” the coalition wrote in the letter.

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EurActiv, 19 May 2020: EU’s ‘Clean Hydrogen Alliance’ must focus on renewables, greens insist