With the Green Deal, the EU has set itself the goal of becoming the first CO2-neutral continent in the world. To achieve this goal, the Commission is now presenting its strategies for the energy system of the future as well as for green hydrogen.
The European Hydrogen Strategy deals with how the huge potential of hydrogen can be realized through investment, regulation, market creation, research and innovation. Three stages have been defined:
- From 2020 to 2024, at least 6 gigawatts of electrolysis capacity should be installed in the EU to produce up to 1 million tons of renewable hydrogen.
- From 2025 to 2030 electrolysers with an electrolysis capacity of at least 40 gigawatts are to be installed and up to 10 million tons of renewable hydrogen are to be produced.
- From 2030 to 2050, hydrogen is to be used on a large scale in all sectors where decarbonisation is difficult.
The production and widespread use of hydrogen is an essential component in achieving the climate targets for 2050 defined in the EU Green Deal.