Wintershall Dea: Without natural gas the much-needed hydrogen market won’t succeed

German oil and gas firm Wintershall Dea has called for the country’s National Hydrogen Strategy to be open to all technologies.

Hydrogen is supposed to play a key role in the decarbonisation of the energy system – but only if it is harvested from renewable energies, according to the draft National Hydrogen Strategy.

“The German government is losing sight of what the actual objective is. For our ambitious climate targets and hydrogen strategy to succeed, it is not so important whether the hydrogen comes from natural gas or renewables: what is important is that its production is climate-neutral,” pointed out Mario Mehren, CEO of Wintershall Dea, with regard to the draft strategy.

“If we want to ensure the rapid development of a functioning and viable hydrogen market we cannot leave any potential technologies on the shelf. Otherwise we risk falling into a new subsidies trap, and thus the failure of the strategy.”

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