EU rules on e-fuels threaten to create ‘CO2 tourism’

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German Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP/Renew) warned against "CO2 tourism", as EU rules for renewable fuels could lead to liquified CO2 from Europe being shipped to other parts of the world to produce e-fuels for the EU market.

Green hydrogen prioritised for decarbonisation in the sectors – such as aviation and shipping – that are hardest to electrify.

MEPs need green hydrogen on their radar from day one

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How the EU addresses the climate crisis has been high up the political agenda in the approach to this week’s elections. But there are two sectors that continue to fly under the radar in the bloc’s pursuit of decarbonisation: shipping and aviation.

Jorgo Chatzimarkakiswe, Hydrogen Europe CEO - Europe is entering “crunch time” for the energy transition and for European standing in the global hydrogen market.
Energy 16-04-2024

Tackling 10 prejudices about hydrogen following the Clean Transition Dialogues

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The European Commission has published its stocktake of the Clean Transition Dialogues, in which the it engages with industry and social partners to support the implementation of the European Green Deal.

Freight 11-04-2024

EU Parliament adopts 90% phase-out of new diesel trucks by 2040

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Average emissions of new trucks will have to be reduced by 90% by 2040, compared to 2019, the European Parliament decided on Wednesday (10 April), adopting a law that will drastically reduce the number of new diesel trucks.

Electricity 08-04-2024

Carbon pricing crucial to deliver on greening transport, Volvo boss says

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The implementation of the EU’s carbon pricing scheme for road transport is crucial to drive the business case for electric and hydrogen trucks, Martin Lundstedt, CEO of the Volvo Group, told Euractiv in an interview.

Aviation 30-01-2024

Green hydrogen is the only viable route for aviation and shipping

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Given its limited supply, green hydrogen must be reserved for hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as aviation and shipping, rather than directed towards sectors that can be electrified, writes Aoife O’Leary.

Making sense of green hydrogen costs and recent market developments in Europe

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Green hydrogen projects going online by 2030 may face costs up to twice as high as anticipated until recently. At the same time, recent auction results have demonstrated surprisingly low support requirements. What are the possible explanations?

Energy 12-12-2023

France unveils plan to up investments in nuclear fusion, natural hydrogen

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France will give the green light to new investments in nuclear fusion, natural hydrogen, energy storage and carbon capture, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday (11 December).

EU strikes deal on new hydrogen grid supervisory body

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EU legislators on Friday (8 December) struck a political agreement on the final piece of the Union's hydrogen policy, establishing a grid planning body that will gradually become independant from existing gas network operators.

Why Europe needs a new body to design its hydrogen infrastructure

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The EU should create a new, separate entity to ensure more independence from incumbent interests in the crucial task of designing a future-proof hydrogen infrastructure, write Michaela Holl and Megan Anderson.

30 countries commit to mutual recognition of clean hydrogen certificates

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Work on fostering a global hydrogen economy is progressing, with the launch in Dubai of a 30-country coalition committed to mutual recognition of certificates and a new international standard. Hydrogen, a clean burning gas, is expected to play a crucial role …

Politics 29-11-2023

Portugal’s hydrogen project gets EU green light

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Portugal’s hydrogen project in Sines was selected as one of the cross-border energy initiatives eligible to apply for EU financial support because they are in line with the Green Deal, according to a list published by the EU Commission on Tuesday.

EU agrees new rules for investments into hydrogen infrastructure

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Negotiations on the first part of the EU's new gas and hydrogen market rules have been concluded, paving the way for investments into new infrastructure amid a special carve-out for Germany's municipal utilities.

The last piece in the EU’s hydrogen policy puzzle: grid ownership rules

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As EU legislators wrap negotiations on the EU's new hydrogen rulebook, they have one last question to answer: how to regulate the ownership of pipeline and storage infrastructure.

€800 million to jolt the market: Europe’s hydrogen boosters activate

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The EU's Hydrogen Bank has begun operations and is offering €800 million to hydrogen producers to kickstart demand for the fuel crucial to industrial decarbonisation. By 2030, Europe wants to produce 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen annually. To get companies …

Rome, Berlin plan massive hydrogen pipeline to Africa

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Italy and Germany want to circumvent the Alps by transforming gas pipelines into ones capable of carrying hydrogen, a clean burning gas that Berlin hopes will aid it in decarbonising its industry.

Scientists reiterate concerns about climate-warming hydrogen leaks

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As the science about the climate impact of hydrogen becomes clearer, discussions on whether a dedicated law is needed to detect and repair leaks from infrastructure are also gaining momentum.

Germany to back €20 billion bid to build hydrogen pipe network

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The German government is poised to put its weight behind a network of hydrogen pipelines stretching 9,700 kilometres and coming at a cost of €20 billion in a bid to solve the hydrogen economy's ‘chicken-and-egg' dilemma.

Berlin to present first European rules on hydrogen grid financing

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Germany could soon become the first European country to put in place a policy framework for supporting investments in hydrogen infrastructure, in anticipation of EU regulations that are currently still in the making.

BarMar hydrogen pipeline project ‘dead on arrival’, French experts say

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Hopes were high for the BarMar hydrogen pipeline project linking Spain and France when it was announced almost a year ago. But with no news since then, French experts say the project was in fact always a non-starter.

French hydrogen industry bets on commercial vehicles in clean mobility race

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Faced with the growing dominance of electric vehicles, the hydrogen industry is betting on commercial vehicles to capture a share of the clean mobility market.

The case for a Green Capital Markets Union

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Everybody talks about cleantech, including politicians who stress the need for more investment in green technologies. Yet, the reality is that we are at an all-time high when it comes to investments in gas, oil and even coal, writes Jorgo Chatzimarkakis.

Belgium prepares harbours for massive green hydrogen imports

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Belgium has launched a call for proposals to prepare its ports to import massive amounts of green hydrogen as part of its efforts to become a 'hydrogen gateway', Belgian Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten announced.

Grid fees remain key sticking point as EU finalises hydrogen rules

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As the European Union finalises its hydrogen and gas rulebook, key issues remain on how to remunerate network operators for building and maintaining Europe’s future hydrogen grid.