European Parliament sends strong signal that clean hydrogen mobility is ‘viable solution to fossil fuels’

The European Parliament has sent a strong signal that clean hydrogen mobility is a viable and realistic solution to move away from fossil fuels in the transport sector, according to Hydrogen Europe.

The association welcomed welcomed the news that MEPs have voted to retain the ambition set by the Parliament’s transport committee in the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR). In yesterday’s plenary vote, parliamentarians opted to keep the targets proposed by the Rapporteur Ismael Ertug and their committee colleagues in a vote earlier in October (see previous statement).

“Members of the European Parliament have decided to support a hydrogen-based green transition in the transport sector, because they can see the bigger, long-term picture: that hydrogen is a necessary and opportune tool to achieve carbon neutrality and energy security in Europe,” it said in a statement. A maximum distance of 100km between each hydrogen refuelling station, along both the core and comprehensive TEN-T networks, will mean that by the time the infrastructure is in place by end of 2027, up to 1,780 HRS could be available across Europe, suppling up to 1m tonnes of hydrogen per year, sufficient to power up to 59,000 trucks (assuming 60kg/truck per day).

Under the council position in its General Approach, no more than 8,000 trucks could be supplied, and the lack of HRS coverage would make it unattractive for drivers and fleet operators.“We believe that a strong rollout of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Europe will act as a catalyst for similar policies around the globe,” the statement added.

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