European Council and Parliament agree on hydrogen and gas package

The European Council and Parliament today (December 8) provisionally agreed on rules for the future hydrogen and renewable and natural gas markets.

Aimed at allowing the integration of low-carbon gases into Europe’s energy system, the hydrogen and gas decarbonisation package is hoped to reduce the bloc’s depending on fossil fuel imports as well as its emissions.

The agreement on the package follows on from the directive which was agreed last week (November 27).

The newly agreed package provides for a new entity in the hydrogen sector for Hydrogen Network Operators (ENNOH). It will also work independently of the existing network operators for gas and electricity (ENTSOG and ENTSOE).

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