Seven EU countries are calling on the European Commission to increase funding and legislation to support hydrogen.
Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland want to strengthen cooperation on renewable hydrogen in a bid to decarbonise the energy system.
In a joint political declaration, the energy ministers from the six countries want the European Commission to “present a timely action plan followed by legislative proposals to enable a flexible, fit-for-purpose regulatory approach and to stimulate a liquid market for hydrogen in the coming years”.
The declaration also calls for:
- Deepened international cooperation on hydrogen to enable a global renewable hydrogen and ensure common global standards, such as on sustainability;
- Analysed approaches to increase domestic production to enable rapid upscaling of hydrogen in order to cover rising industrial as well as end user demand;
- Increased support for innovation and RD&D in renewable hydrogen inter alia through Horizon Europe and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, with a view to all stages of deployment.
The declaration can be read in full here.