European Commission proposes regulation for renewable hydrogen definition

The European Commission has today (February 13) proposed rules for the definition of renewable hydrogen in the EU with two Delegated Acts under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

The Acts, part of a broad EU regulatory framework, are aimed at ensuring that all renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) are produced from renewable electricity, with hopes they will provide regulatory certainty for investors as the EU strives to meet its REPowerEU goals of domestically producing 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen and imported 10 million tonnes by 2030.

Under the first Delegated Act, the Commission has clarified the principle of additionality for hydrogen, set out in the EU’s RED. Electrolysers will have to be connected to new renewable electricity production, which the commission says is aimed at ensuring the generation of renewable hydrogen incentivises an increase in the volume of renewable energy capacity.

The Commission has estimated around 500TWh of renewable electricity will be needed to meet its REPowerEU goals, reflecting 14% of total EU electricity consumption in 2030.

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