More than 90 players active in the energy market have signed a letter calling on the European Commission to recognise the role of hydrogen blending in existing natural gas networks.
Addressed to Frans Timmermans, Executive-Vice-President of the European Commission, the open letter says whilst the EU Hydrogen Strategy released in July 2020 outlines the Commission’s vision to deploy a European-wide hydrogen economy, the companies would like highlight further the importance of blending hydrogen in gas networks.
The existing gas transmission and distribution networks, together with the associated facilities connected to them, will be an essential enabling factor in delivering the decarbonisation of the European economy and the goals of the EU Hydrogen Strategy, the letter says.
“The retrofitting and repurposing of existing gas networks can be combined and complemented with the construction of new dedicated hydrogen infrastructure, so that three hydrogen deployment options can co-exist where needed,” it adds.
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