EU proposes 90% GHG reduction target by 2040: Green hydrogen could meet up to 10% of energy demand

The European Commission has proposed cutting the bloc’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 90% compared to 1990 levels by 2040, with renewable hydrogen slated to meet up to 10% of final energy demand.

Hoped to bridge the gap between 2030 and 2050 climate targets, the Commission has said the starting point is the “full implementation” of existing legislation to cut emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

Under an impact assessment for the plans, hydrogen is expected to play a key role by decarbonising hard-to-abate industry and transport, with renewable hydrogen production expected to reach 20-35 million tonnes per year by 2040 – representing up to 10% of final energy demand.

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