COP26: Hydrogen is Europe’s real chance to fight climate change

The long-awaited 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26 – is upon us: it needs to be a turning point for meaningful international action on climate change.

The COP21 Summit in Paris reached a breakthrough agreement to limit the global warming to 1.5 degrees. Six years on, all eyes are on Glasgow to make sure the world stays on track and keeps 1.5 degrees within reach. As the US climate envoy John Kerry put it, the COP26 climate change summit is the “last best hope for the world to get its act together”.

It is time for us all – governments, industry, and civil society – to take concrete actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This is especially urgent for policymakers who have to prove they can put words into action. COP26 must go beyond a mere goal of setting standards for emissions reductions, it must give a clear indication on how a climate-neutral future will be achieved and with what means.

In this context, hydrogen is a key piece of the climate neutrality jigsaw as it’s a viable solution to many of the world’s climate neutrality objectives: it unleashes the potential of renewables, ensures energy system efficiency, and enables a carbon-neutral industry and transport system, on land, at sea and in the air.

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