Speaking at a meeting of the European Parliament’s environment committee, Frans Timmermans, the EU’s climate chief, said he was confident green hydrogen would be the driving force behind future energy systems. The meeting is taking place against the backdrop of Russia cutting off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria and the European Union’s attempts to wean itself off Russian fossil fuels.
Timmermans explained how the EU is now offering long-term partnerships, starting with the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and “eventually moving to the hydrogen economy”, which means long-term cooperative projects towards hydrogen energy will be implemented at the same time. He also pointed out that Europe could never produce enough of its own hydrogen, adding that green hydrogen produced from renewable sources was the Commission’s preferred option, while blue hydrogen produced from fossil gases with carbon capture and storage. Tackling emissions will also be an interim option.
In this regard, the European Commission recently expressed its support for a tenfold increase in electrolytic cell manufacturing capacity in the EU through a joint statement signed by Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton and 20 industry chief executives. This will enable the EU to produce 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year by 2030, a target set out in the March 2022 REPowerEU communication.