France, Germany aim for ‘common roadmap’ on clean hydrogen

(EurActiv, 23 Jan 2023) France and Germany aim to agree on a ‘common roadmap’ for clean hydrogen in which nuclear-based hydrogen will play an important role, the leaders of both countries said at the Franco-German Council of Ministers on Sunday (22 January).

For months now, French and German government officials have been considering the most viable technologies for the development of clean hydrogen.

While France has insisted that the European Union should recognise the role of nuclear-based low-carbon hydrogen, Germany has instead pushed for a strict definition that requires the fuel to be produced from only renewable energies.

However, following the Franco-German Council of Ministers on Sunday, during which the two states celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, the states seem to have come to some kind of agreement.

“While respecting the principle of technological neutrality with regard to the national choice of energy mix, we commit to stepping up our investments in the technologies of tomorrow, particularly renewable and low carbon energies [as well as] hydrogen, for which we will develop a joint roadmap,” states the declaration published after the meeting.

An existing “joint working group on hydrogen” will aim to adopt “conclusions and recommendations on our strategic choices regarding hydrogen development” at the end of April, the statement adds.

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