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G7: France – Hydrogen, the time is now!

G7: France – Hydrogen, the time is now!

In May, the Group of Seven (G7) agreed to step up efforts to advance commercial scale hydrogen from low carbon and renewable sources across its economies, including support for fuel cell deployment globally. Following this news, and in the run up to the G7 Leaders’ Summit this weekend (Friday June 11 – Sunday June 13) in Cornwall, UK, H2 View is bringing you a series of thought leadership articles written by the hydrogen associations in the G7 countries. Next up is France.

We are in a state of emergency. The world is more and more aware of the necessity to reduce rapidly greenhouse gases emissions in order to fight climate change. The last report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) is an additional sign that we must move rapidly and adopt strong measures. In the future, i.e. by 2050, we can expect that electricity will have a higher share (50 up to 60%) in the final energy consumption of the world. The rest will be covered by renewable heat and gases, and hydrogen in particular.

In this new paradigm of energy systems – more decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised, hydrogen will play a double role: to contribute to integrate renewable energies (which are by nature variable) in the energetic systems and to decarbonise economic sectors which are hard or impossible to electrify. It is the reason why already now more than 30 countries in the world have developed a strategy or a roadmap for hydrogen and hydrogen technologies.

On September 8, 2020 the French government published an ambitious National Strategy for Hydrogen based on three priorities: to decarbonise industry and scale up a competitive French electrolysis industry, to develop hydrogen for professional mobility and to develop R&D and innovation. The implementation of this strategy will be sustained by a financial support of €7.2bn ($8.8bn) and will be monitored by a governance body, the National Council for hydrogen.

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