EU unveils plans for hydrogen partnership


The EU is planning to accelerate the development and deployment of a European value chain for clean hydrogen technologies through a new partnership.

On 23 February, the European Commission unveiled plans to launch a series of new partnerships between the EU, Member States and industry, investing close to €10bn for the green and digital transition. Aims of these partnerships include improving EU preparedness and response to infectious diseases, developing efficient low carbon aircraft for clean aviation, supporting the use of renewable biological raw materials in energy production, and ensuring European leadership in digital technologies and infrastructure.

The Clean Hydrogen partnership will focus on producing, distributing and storing clean hydrogen, as well as supplying sectors that are hard to decarbonise, including heavy industries and heavy-duty transport applications.

Working alongside the Hydrogen Alliance, it will aim to help achieve the objectives set out within the EU’s hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe. The strategy outlined a phased approach for a gradual transition, beginning with the installation of at least 6GW of renewable hydrogen electrolysers in the EU from 2020 to 2024, before eventually seeing renewable hydrogen technologies reach maturity and be deployed at large scale across all hard-to-decarbonise sectors between 2030 and 2050.