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European hydrogen development cannot stall because of ‘geopolitical events’
European hydrogen development cannot stall because of ‘geopolitical events’

European hydrogen development cannot stall because of ‘geopolitical events’

A white paper, titled Unlocking European Energy Security, released today (June 7) by Siemens Gamesa, has said that Europe must deliver green hydrogen solutions to meet its 2050 climate neutrality deadline, despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The paper claims, “Work must begin immediately on removing every obstacle blocking the path to Net Zero and on speeding up and scaling up the volumes of renewable energy and green hydrogen produced in Europe.”

Following the Russian invasion, President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission, said, “It is our switch to renewables and hydrogen that will make us truly independent.”

Read more: ‘Our switch to renewables and hydrogen will make us truly independent of Russia,’ says European Commission President

The Siemens Gamesa paper agrees by saying, delivering clean, affordable, and domestically produced clean energy, Europe can find energy security as well as decarbonising on a large-scale, and says, “The year 2022 could be a tipping point”.

However, stresses, “As the current situation shows, speeding up and scaling up the production of renewable energy in Europe, for European use, needs to start happening now.”

Increase, establish, innovate, introduce, and industrialise are the five steps the renewable energy company claim is needed for hydrogen in Europe. This includes the need to rapidly scale renewable energy production to power green hydrogen production.

Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Global, said, “The current crisis should not be allowed to push the climate emergency down the agenda.

“It is imperative that the entire renewable energy ecosystem is aligned on the need to reduce the demand for fossil fuels. For green hydrogen to reach scale and, thus, competitiveness, it too needs a seismic shift in the scale and speed of renewables roll-out.”

By using renewable energy to power electrolyser for green hydrogen, it will replace the need imported fossil fuels, currently powering Europe’s fertiliser, chemicals, mobility, shipping, aviation, cement, and steel sectors, the paper claims.

Siemens Gamesa has also recognised the need for ‘buy-in’ from governments, industry, and investors, to ensure the shift occurs.

Juan Gutierrez, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s Service Business, commented, “Siemens Gamesa calls upon European governments and the relevant industries to work together in coalition to deliver energy security through renewables and green hydrogen, environment security through essential decarbonisation and security of stable pricing of energy to end consumers.

“The terrible events of the invasion of Ukraine have laid bare uncomfortable truths about the vulnerability of each of these elements, but it’s within nation states’ power to address each of these through a united approach to increase renewables installations and the adoption of green hydrogen.”

 

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