Today (10 March 2020), the Commission presented a new European Industrial Strategy to help Europe’s industries make the transition to climate neutrality and digital leadership.
The strategy sets out the main drivers of Europe’s “industrial transformation” and proposes future actions, including the Clean Hydrogen Alliance to accelerate industrial decarbonisation and the Digital Single Market to maintain industrial leadership and create a Digital Single Market. The integration of the smart sector is a key element of the new strategy, which aims to make more effective use of carrier energy by linking different sectors. Clean hydrogen is an example of where this can have real benefits.
Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Change” This requires strong coordination across the entire value chain. Building on the successful presentation of existing industrial alliances, the Alliance will bring investors together with state, institutional and industrial partners, with work to be done under the FCH-JU”
“The Clean Hydrogen Alliance can reap the benefits that hydrogen can bring to the EU economy and jobs. The initiative is in line with the Commission’s vision for the future of industrial change in Europe and we will actively support it, “said Jens Stoltenberg, Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs at the European Commission.
“We welcome the proposal of a Clean Hydrogen Alliance, which can exploit all benefits that hydrogen can bring to the EU economy and jobs. This initiative is a clear evidence of the success of our public private partnership and we will actively support it ” said Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director.
EU official said, noting that the Commission will mobilize its regulatory arsenal to support strategic sectors such as hydrogen. “We need to adapt the tools we use to the realities of each ecosystem,” the official said.