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The principle of technological neutrality and hydrogen incentives
27 27+01:00 October 27+01:00 2022 @ 10:00 - 12:00
This event has been selected as a side event within the European Hydrogen week 2022.
Hybrid event, both in person and online. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible in person.
The in person meeting will take place at ERCST offices (Address: Rue Archimède 61, 1000 Brussels, Belgium)
While the focus of the European Commission Hydrogen Strategy clearly lies on renewable hydrogen, the strategy acknowledges that in the short and medium term, other forms of low-carbon hydrogen are needed to rapidly reduce emissions from existing hydrogen production and support the parallel and future uptake of renewable hydrogen. In a similar approach, the REPowerEU communication mentions that to achieve 10 million tons of EU renewable hydrogen domestic production, other forms of fossil-free hydrogen, notably nuclear-based are needed.
Most of the different building blocks of the hydrogen regulatory framework were already presented in various parts of the Fit for 55 package and the hydrogen and decarbonized gas market package. However, the translation of the policy vision for low-carbon hydrogen portrayed in the strategy and REPowerEU into the proposals is still not complete. As an example, the European Commission has left the key elements of the low-carbon hydrogen definition for secondary legislation (to be proposed by 2024).
This meeting intends to assess three main questions:
- Is it possible to ramp-up the EU-hydrogen economy without the contribution of low-carbon hydrogen?
- Would a technology neutral approach to incentives based on the carbon footprint of the hydrogen produced favor the ramp-up of the EU hydrogen economy?
- How could the demand side of the hydrogen market be supported in decarbonizing at affordable prices considering the current energy crisis?