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Hydrogen in North-West Europe: a vision for 2030

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The study "Hydrogen in North-Western Europe: A vision towards 2030" concludes that North-Western Europe has the most appropriate profile to lead the Union's efforts towards the adoption of renewable energies, in particular hydrogen technologies and all their components.

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The study "Hydrogen in North-Western Europe: A vision towards 2030" concludes that North-Western Europe has the most appropriate profile to lead the Union's efforts towards the adoption of renewable energies, in particular hydrogen technologies and all their components. In this region, hydrogen production tends to be captive, i.e. decentralised near large industrial parks, where it is used on-site for industrial processes. This form of production eliminates many of the problems associated with the need to ensure adequate infrastructure and logistics for hydrogen storage, transport and distribution.

Moreover, now that hydrogen production techniques are improving rapidly thanks to cutting-edge scientific advances, there is a need to encourage the uptake and use of such clean technologies by fostering the creation of an integrated market, low-carbon industrial processes and a single regulatory framework. Cross-border collaboration should therefore aim to ensure that excess supply beyond domestic demand is tapped by other countries, thereby optimising the hydrogen supply chain. These common efforts should also include joint technology development and the exchange of knowledge and best practices between countries within the same region. Bringing together the strengths of these countries would help them to fully benefit from the multiple applications of hydrogen in the different sectors of the economy.

In conclusion, all EU regions with the necessary technology and infrastructure are encouraged to produce as much hydrogen as possible locally on their own territory. This will not only contribute to achieving the energy autonomy and resilience that the Union needs - particularly in the area of hydrogen - but also to advancing commitments to decarbonise industrial processes and other economic/productive sectors. This requires coordinated public and private sector action to mobilise investment, which should be directed not only at increasing hydrogen production capacities but also at stimulating demand for and use of products using these clean technologies.

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Europe is a pioneer in the development of hydrogen technologies and industrial applications and has made important commitments to the transition of the economy towards cleaner and more environmentally friendly forms of energy. The European Commission is therefore, on behalf of the European Union in the broad sense, a member of several intergovernmental initiatives in the hydrogen field, such as the Clean Energy Ministerial's Hydrogen Initiative, the European Hydrogen Backbone or the 8th Mission Innovation Challenge, "Clean and Renewable Hydrogen".

Hydrogen strategy in the integration of the European energy system

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