Exclusive: Hydrogen Europe CEO discusses the months that followed the Inflation Reduction Act

Hydrogen Europe CEO Jorgo Chatzimarkakis has told H2 View Europe’s hydrogen policy resembles a “chaotic toolbox,” but believes recent developments have set the continent on course to establish a thriving hydrogen market.

Europe has unquestionably been a leader of hydrogen development and policy, with a strong focus on the energy carrier since 2020. However, May 2022 saw the European Commission take a bigger step, when it unveiled its landmark REPowerEU plan against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The plan outlined the EU’s path to energy independence from Russian fossil fuels by 2027, setting aspirational targets to produce 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen domestically by 2030, and importing the same amount by the same date.

In an exclusive interview with H2 View, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe described the plan as a “leapfrog,” adding, “Europe already had a focus on hydrogen as of 2020, but Russia’s invasion caused an absolute global rethinking of energy policy.”

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