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The AHP endorses the position paper "How to deliver on the EU Hydrogen Accelerator"

Updated: May 3, 2022

Due to Africa’s proximity and its potential for producing low-cost hydrogen and related hydrogen derivatives, Africa is essential for achieving the REPowerEU’s import target of 10 Mton of renewable hydrogen per year by 2030.

The position paper “How to deliver on the EU Hydrogen Accelerator” suggests concrete additional EU actions that are needed to realise its ’20-Mton-hydrogen-target-by-2030’, i.e. 10 Mton produced in the EU and 10 Mton of renewable hydrogen supplied via imports.

The African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP) supports and endorses the position paper "How to deliver on the EU Hydrogen Accelerator".


How to deliver on the EU Hydrogen Accelerator; Prof Ad van Wijk (Professor Future Energy Systems, TU Delft), Dr. Kirsten Westphal (Executive Director Analysis and Research, H2Global Foundation) Dr. Jan Frederik Braun (Energy Transition Researcher); published by Hydrogen Europe; Brussels; May 2022

This discussion paper is endorsed by:

- African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP)

- Dii Desert Energy

- ΕU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

- H2Global Foundation

- MENA Hydrogen Alliance


How to deliver on the EU Hydrogen Accelerator

This paper analyses the Hydrogen Accelerator proposed in the European Commission’s REPowerEU common action plan and suggests concrete additional EU actions that are needed to realise its ’20-Mton-hydrogen-target-by-2030’, i.e., 10 Mton produced in the EU and 10 Mton supplied via imports. The aim of these efforts in support of ‘REPowerEU’ is to make the Union 25-50 BCM less dependent on Russian gas.

Russia’s unprecedented military attack on Ukraine has turbocharged the European Union’s (EU) clean energy transition. The European Commission has formulated a bold, common action plan entitled “REPowerEU” to achieve independence from Russian gas well before the end of this decade. This action plan consists of three-pillars that will increase the resilience of the EU-wide energy system, i.e.:

I. Diversifying gas supplies via higher LNG imports and pipeline imports from non-Russian suppliers and higher levels of biomethane.

II. Accelerating hydrogen production and imports to 20 Mton by 2030.

III. Reducing faster the EU’s dependence on fossil fuels at the level of homes, buildings and the industry, and at the power system level

by boosting energy efficiency gains, increasing the share of renewable, and addressing infrastructure bottlenecks.

Via the Hydrogen Accelerator (Pillar II), the Commission proposes an additional 14,4 Mton of renewable hydrogen on top of the 5,6 Mton foreseen under the “Fit for 55” legislative package, i.e., 10 Mton produced domestically (in the EU) and 10 Mton of imports. The Commission argues that this 20 Mton of hydrogen could replace 25-50 bcm of Russian gas by 2030.

This position paper suggests tools and actions that are needed to realise the REPowerEU ’20-Mton-hydrogen-target-by-2030’ rapidly; this

in terms of:

• Infrastructure.

• Storage.

• Strategic reserve.

• Creating ‘early demand regions’.

• Utilising the H2Global instrument to kick start national hydrogen supply and demand.

• Establishing a Europeanised H2Global instrument under the Global European Hydrogen Facility.

• Decoupling supply and demand across time and geography.

Whereas this position paper focuses on the rapid deployment and scaling up of green hydrogen production, imports, and infrastructure, we recognise that a clear regulatory framework (e.g., via the amendment of the EU Renewable Energy Directive and its Emissions Trading System) is a condition sine qua non for realising the RePowerEU’s green hydrogen targets. Equally critical, but also beyond the scope of this paper, is the development of an international Guarantees of Origin system. Proper standardisation and certification are necessary to increase investment security, mobilise private capital and facilitate imports. ...

Download the position paper HERE.

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