A cross-industry discussion on Düsseldorf’s hydrogen future was held yesterday between Prime Minister Armin Laschet, Professor. Dr. Andrea Pinkwart and CEOs of North Rhine-Westphalian companies.
As a result of the discussion, a project paper, titled, Departure into the future: Transformation paths for sustainable industrial projects in North Rhine-Westphalia was presented.
The paper consists of project proposals with an investment volume of around €4bn for the industrial location of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Talking at the discission, Prime Minister Laschet, said, “Remaining an industrial leader, securing prosperity and protecting the climate – hydrogen paves the way for this.”
“This is how we preserve jobs, for example in the key sectors of chemicals and steel, and so we create new export markets for climate-friendly technologies. For that we finally need more speed in Germany and Europe.”
“The project proposals that were presented at the top-level discussion on hydrogen start at the right place and encompass the entire hydrogen value chain – from research to production, transport and storage to application.”
“This range can only be implemented in North Rhine-Westphalia: This is where the major consumers are located, and there is already an unprecedented hydrogen infrastructure here. Here we have the competence in research and in the industrial handling of hydrogen.”
Economics Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, added, “We want to use hydrogen to bring climate protection and economic development together; both can go hand in hand.”
“That is why we are now really getting started with the infrastructure and the necessary framework conditions for the restructuring of the economy: Building on the pilot projects initiated by the IN4Climate state initiative in the steel and chemical industry, the first large-scale plants are to go into operation in the next ten years, electric burners on a gigawatt scale built up, vehicle fleets converted to hydrogen and the necessary filling station network expanded vigorously.”
“In this way we can massively reduce CO2 emissions in North Rhine-Westphalia and at the same time enable our companies to remain competitive in the future. “