Jorgo Chatzimarkakis unveils proposal for hydrogen to be included in European gas reserve plans at H2 View’s Virtual Hydrogen Summit Europe 2022

For the first time at an industry conference, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe, just unveiled his proposal for the European Commission to include hydrogen in gas reserve laws that are soon to come.

Speaking at H2 View’s Virtual Hydrogen Summit Europe 2022, Chatzimarkakis explained that the European Commission wants to have a clear legal plan on how to fill gas reserves up to 90% before the winter.

The Commission’s plans for gas reserves follow the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, that has led to Europe wanting to replace dependency on Russian fossil fuels. Through cutting such dependency, the Commission wants to accelerate reliance on its own clean fuels, such as hydrogen.

Speaking this morning during the Summit, Chatzimarkakis said, “The invasion to Ukraine, this was a real accelerator for hydrogen. The catalyst for hydrogen was the pandemic, the invasion was an accelerator.

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