In 2021 ERCST has decided to launch a new work stream focused on hydrogen, being aware of the great momentum this technology has gained and the race to scale up green and low carbon hydrogen. ERCST’s work on hydrogen will mainly focus on two different strands:

  1. Implementation of the EU Hydrogen Strategy and other EU policy developments
  2. State of play of the EU Hydrogen Economy

Last year the European Commission launched its long-awaited Hydrogen Strategy with the objective of boosting clean Hydrogen production in Europe while emphasizing the multifaceted nature of this technology and its multiple applications; as a feedstock, a fuel, an energy carrier and as a storage solution. As cornerstone of the Strategy the European Commission stablished ambitious targets for 2024, 2030 and 2050 in order to create a Hydrogen based ecosystem. Since them, a considerable number of EU countries have put forward national strategies paving the way for future developments. The European Parliament on its Side is working on a non-legislative report lead by the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), which is expected to be published in March/April 2021 and the Council adopted conclusions in December 2020.
Besides and during 2021 the European Commission is working on different files which will undoubtedly contribute to the development of the Hydrogen Policy and Regulatory framework such as: the EU sustainable mobility strategy, the revision of the trans-European energy networks (TEN-E), the Revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), the EU Taxonomy delegated acts, or the Revision of third Gas package.
This sub-work stream attempts to accompany the EU Institutions legislative and non-legislative procedures touching upon the topic of hydrogen by organizing discussions and publishing papers of relevance for stakeholders.

This sub-work stream will be part of a continuous series of meetings and accompanying publications aimed at bringing together policymakers, industry and other stakeholders to reflect about:

  • The role of Hydrogen in the decarbonization, namely whether Hydrogen is the best available solution to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors such as Transport, Heating, Aviation or Energy Intensive Industries.
  • Assess how Industry and Member States are reacting to the evolving policy framework set up by the Regulator in the EU.
  • Assess what the best alternatives and instruments are to foster the deployment of Hydrogen such as Carbon Contract for Difference, Consumption Charges, Infrastructure Subsides, Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, ETS Reform and Carbon Leakage Mechanisms.


Antonio Fernandez (afernandez@ercst.org)