Lawmakers support ‘low-carbon’ hydrogen, stay mute on nuclear

(EurActiv, 23 Mar 2021) The European Parliament’s industry and energy committee passed a resolution on Monday (22 March) supporting hydrogen produced from “low-carbon” energy sources, including fossil gas with carbon sequestration. The motion stopped short, however, of mentioning nuclear as a potential energy source.

The Parliament’s draft resolution on the European Commission’s hydrogen strategy, tabled in July 2020, promotes the use of low-carbon hydrogen in the short to medium term, as a way to develop the market.

The EU needs “to develop a sustainable hydrogen economy that aims at making clean hydrogen competitive as soon as possible,” states the draft resolution, adopted with 46 votes in favour, 25 against and 5 abstentions.

Waiting for renewable hydrogen would be like kicking the can down the road for ten to fifteen years, said Jens Geier, a German MEP from the socialists and democrats (S&D) who is the author of the draft resolution.

“How long blue hydrogen is used I really cannot say because I’m not a prophet. It depends on a lot of circumstances that we can only influence politically to some extent,” he told EURACTIV.

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EurActiv, 23 Mar 2021: Lawmakers support ‘low-carbon’ hydrogen, stay mute on nuclear