The EU tackles climate change with new hydrogen alliance

An article written by Anne-Françoise Pelé for EETIMES – The European Commission has unveiled an industrial strategy that sees hydrogen playing a crucial role in Europe’s transition to a sustainable future.

Until now, the biggest challenge for hydrogen energy has been its cost. According to a recent report, entitled Path to Hydrogen Competitiveness: A Cost Perspective, launched by the Hydrogen Council, scaling up hydrogen production, distribution, equipment and component manufacturing could decrease the cost of hydrogen solutions by up to 50% by 2030.

Europe is in the early stages of its energy transition to decarbonise all aspects of our daily lives. With the newly-launched Clean Hydrogen Alliance, a key component of a vast Industrial Strategy, the European Commission aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of industry and maintain its industrial leadership.

Over the past decade, the European Commission has promoted several research and innovation projects on hydrogen within the Horizon 2020 framework. The Clean Hydrogen Alliance is expected to be modeled on the European Battery Alliance, which gathers more than 200 companies, governments and research organizations around battery manufacturing. It will also capitalize on the work of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the European Commission, Europe’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry and research organisations.

More than anything, the Clean Hydrogen Alliance aims to ensure Europe’s energy independence and contribute to the global efforts in the fight against climate change.

Making Europe climate neutral by 2050

The ten years to 2019 were the warmest on record, according to data collected by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the UK Met Office. The situation needs to be reversed, and it is crucial to reduce carbon emissions from industry, air transportation and road-freight.

The 2015 Paris agreement, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C, offers hope for a change of course. In November, the European Commission adopted a resolution that set climate neutrality by 2050 as its long-term goal and increased its emission reduction target to 55 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

“I see the climate transition as a huge opportunity for the European economy,” declared Ursula von der Leyen, EC’s president. “We want climate neutrality, and we will shape it with our own capacity for innovation.” Moving to the strategic implementation, she said, “We created a public-private partnership on hydrogen. Europe is one of the global leaders on hydrogen stations and fuel-cell buses, and we can develop and deploy clean technologies that the whole world will want to adopt to cut pollution.”

For that, Europe has to go through an industrial transformation… Full article


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