European Commission President underlines importance of hydrogen at Green Deal Summit

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined hydrogen’s key role in transforming mobility and industry sectors during a keynote speech at the Green Deal Summit in Prague today.

Explaining how the European Green Deal was born out of the necessity “to protect people and the planet”, she said greenhouse gas emissions in Europe have dropped by roughly 2.5% while the economy rose 3.5%.

“Right here, in Prague, for example along bus line 170 – buses on that route have started to be powered by hydrogen,” she said. “They make almost no noise and have zero emissions. And crucially, this is a new generation of buses produced by Škoda – the Czech automotive champion. And this is not the only example of hydrogen innovation made in Czechia.

“Tatra Trucks, for example, will present in November the first hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicle. It has been designed together with a host of Czech research institutions, for difficult terrains and extreme tasks, including firefighting and rescue operations. This was unthinkable just a few years ago.”

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