(EurActiv, 20 May 2021) A motion on the EU’s hydrogen strategy won support from the European Parliament on Wednesday (19 May), backing the use of “low-carbon hydrogen” made from fossil gas as a bridge towards 100% renewable production.
The EU’s hydrogen strategy, unveiled in July last year, aims to promote hydrogen-based entirely on renewable electricity like wind and solar but also supports “low-carbon hydrogen” in order to scale up production in the short term.
The Parliament report – a non-binding motion with no legal consequences – acknowledges the need to grow the European market as quickly as possible, saying this will require “low-carbon hydrogen” as a bridge towards 100% renewable production.
The motion was passed by 411 votes in favor, 135 against, and 149 abstentions.
In the Parliament’s view, “low-carbon” includes so-called “blue” hydrogen, which is made from fossil gas in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to store the associated CO2 emissions underground.
Although the report makes no explicit mention of nuclear, it is understood that the “low-carbon” definition also encompasses “yellow” hydrogen made from nuclear power.