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Hydrogen Europe: A Workable Approach to Additionality, Geographic and Temporal Correlation is Key to the Achievement of the EU Hydrogen Strategy

By June 17, 2021 2   min read  (372 words)

June 17, 2021 |

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Hydrogen Europe considers that all new electricity demand should be met with new renewable generation. This remains valid for electrolysers and the subsequent electricity demand these generate.

Hydrogen production helps accommodate growing shares of renewables, unleashing their potential and enabling the decarbonisation of those sectors where direct electrification is not an option. 

Key recommendations:
• The European Commission should consider exempting Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBO) producers from proving additionality until 2025. In 2025, the Commission and relevant stakeholders should assess progress towards meeting the 2024 6GW and 2030 40GW target of the H2 strategy.
• Member States (MS) should bare responsibility for providing additional renewable electricity (RE) capacity by setting dedicated RE targets to be used for RFNBO production.
• RFNBO producers should be allowed to produce renewable hydrogen from curtailed renewable electricity.
• Accept Guarantees of Origin alongside Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to prove the renewable character of the electricity used in the production of hydrogen.
• Acknowledge that renewable hydrogen creates demand exclusively for renewable energy not for fossil-based power. All renewable hydrogen producers need to prove the origin of renewable sources.

Hydrogen Europe fully acknowledges and supports the principle of additionality, namely that additional renewable electricity consumption must always be covered by additional renewable capacity. Hydrogen Europe has expressed concerns regarding the practical implementation of additionality principle criteria not the principle itself.

To further explain, Hydrogen Europe is publishing its paper outlining its positions on issues related to the Delegated Act of the renewable energy directive on recital 90 and Article 27 specifically – additionality, geographic and temporal correlation.

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary-General of Hydrogen Europe said: “No doubt we need a massive upscale of renewable infrastructure! This can only work if additionality is implemented in a flexible way encompassing the parallel upscale of hydrogen technologies.”

Click here to read the paper

Hydrogen Europe is the European association representing the interest of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry and its stakeholders. It promotes hydrogen as an enabler of a zero-emission society.

With more than 260 companies and 27 national associations as members, our association encompasses the entire value chain of the European hydrogen and fuel cell ecosystem collaborating with the European Commission in the Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. For further information, please visit www.hydrogeneurope.eu or contact [email protected].

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