- Ees Europe sets an example for green hydrogen as the basis for a sustainable circular economy
Green hydrogen will play a decisive role in the climate-friendly energy mix of the future. The “Green Hydrogen Manifesto”, which was presented today as part of The Smarter E Europe Restart 2021 at the Munich Exhibition Center, is now providing important impetus for promoting this energy source.
The initiators Hydrogen Europe, German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association DWV, European Electrolyzer & Fuel Cell Forum EFCF and The smarter E Europe want to set a clear example for decarbonization and a sustainable circular economy.
Be it the “Fit for 55” package in Europe or the formation of a government in Germany: The course is currently being redesigned – also for the energy market of the future. A key element for a climate-neutral economic system is green hydrogen. It enables the intelligent networking of the electricity, heating and transport sectors and is therefore a central element for a sustainable energy supply. “The Green Hydrogen Manifesto” is the title of the manifesto, which aims to help advance green hydrogen in Europe more quickly. “With our manifesto, we want to help ensure that green hydrogen is taken into account in the current reorientation of politics – whether in the energy or economic sector,” says Werner Diwald, Chairman of the board of the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association DWV. “Because hydrogen, which is produced from renewable sources, is not only important for the energy transition. Above all, it also offers great economic opportunities for the European Union.”
Europe as a model for the introduction of hydrogen
In addition to DWV, the European umbrella organization for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry Hydrogen Europe, the European Electrolyzer and Fuel Cell Forum EFCF and The Smarter E Europe, the innovation platform for the new energy world, are among the authors of the manifesto. It is aimed at decision-makers in the European Union, as well as national governments and politicians. “We want to show political decision-makers how important green hydrogen is for the circular economy and decarbonization, and get them to act,” says Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe. “In the future, Europe must take a leading role in introducing this energy source and secure and expand prosperity and prospects. That is our responsibility for the future and for climate protection.”
The manifesto defines how Europe can live up to its leadership role in twelve demands. These include trend-setting framework conditions and target-oriented funding through to measures to stimulate start-up phases and cost reductions. Demand number one: The CO2 content of energy sources should become the new currency for energy systems. Other concrete proposals include the certification of hydrogen as a global commodity, the appointment of an EU hydrogen special envoy to drive the European hydrogen strategy and partnerships with third countries, or an EU legal framework for the regulation of hydrogen networks.
Presentation to an international specialist audience
The manifesto was presented at the Green Hydrogen Forum as part of the innovation platform The smarter E Europe Restart 2021, which will take place in Munich until October 8th. Olivier Bucheli, President of the European Electrolyzer and Fuel Cell Forum: “The ees Europe Restart 2021 with its focus area ‘Green Hydrogen Forum & Expo’ was the perfect setting for us to present our manifesto to an international specialist audience and to win supporters Business, science and politics act together, green hydrogen will create the market entry. Europe has the means to lead in this industry worldwide. ”
Shortly after it was published, 54 companies and organizations supported the Green Hydrogen Manifesto with their signature. The first signatories include SAIPEM SpA, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Haldor Topsoe AS, the German Federal Association of Combined Heat and Power (B.KWK), ITM Power, Paul Wurth GmbH and Deutsche Kreditbank AG. The large number of signatures shows the political decision-makers the importance of the demands, says Markus Elsässer, Managing Director of Solar Promotion GmbH: “We are pleased that we are helping to raise awareness of a highly relevant energy topic with the Green Hydrogen Forum and the Green Hydrogen Manifesto to accomplish.”
Supporters can still sign the manifesto at the ees Europe Restart 2021 until October 8th. The manifesto will be discussed again in the closing session at the Green Hydrogen Forum in Hall B6 on October 8, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Associations and industrial companies that want to be visible as signatories use the Internet portal: www.thesmartere.de/hydrogen-manifesto/become-a-signatory
All demands of the manifesto as well as the logos of the signatories can be found here: https://www.thesmartere.de/green-hydrogen-manifesto
The smarter E Europe will take place with its four individual trade fairs (Intersolar Europe, ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power Europe) from October 6th to 8th as The smarter E Europe Restart 2021 at Messe München.
Further information can be found on the Internet at:
The smarter E Europe
The smarter E is the innovation platform for events and topics from the new energy world. Renewable energies, decentralization and digitization are permanently changing the energy world. This development requires cross-sector and intelligently networked concepts and solutions for the efficient generation, storage, distribution and use of energy. In this way, a secure and sustainable energy supply can be ensured around the clock, 24/7 in the future. Under the motto “Creating the new energy world”, The smarter E Europe brings together four trade fairs and conferences that deal intensively with these topics, making it Europe’s largest platform for the energy industry today.
Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading trade fair for the solar industry, has been dedicated to solar energy for 30 years and has established itself as the most important industry get-together. It focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, solar thermal and solar power plants.
Ees Europe, Europe’s largest and most international trade fair for batteries and energy storage systems, will take place for the seventh time in 2021 and will present the entire value chain of innovative battery and energy storage technology.
Power2Drive Europe, the international trade fair for charging infrastructure and electromobility, focuses on solutions and technologies for environmentally friendly mobility.
EM-Power Europe is the international trade fair for energy management and networked energy solutions. The focus is on the efficient distribution and use of electricity and heat from renewable energies, intelligent energy management and sector coupling in buildings and neighborhoods. Other focal points are smart grids and microgrids, network infrastructure, energy services and operator models.
You can find more information about The smarter E Europe at: www.TheSmarterE.de
The smarter E Europe is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG (FWTM).
The German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV)
The German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) has been an interest group since 1996 to promote the rapid market introduction of the energy carrier hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The association aims to promote the development of the hydrogen economy as part of a sustainable energy supply in order to ensure the efficient achievement of the climate targets while maintaining the security of supply and Germany’s industrial location.
Hydrogen, which is generated with renewable energies, will play a crucial role in this. The focus of the association’s activities is on the implementation and optimization of the necessary market, technological and regulatory framework conditions for the hydrogen economy in the areas of plant construction, generation, transport infrastructure and application technologies. In order to solve these challenges globally, the DWV is also committed to international sustainable cooperation. Our 400 personal members and over 140 member institutions and companies represent more than 1.5 million jobs nationwide; the association thus represents a significant part of the German economy.
EFCF AG organizes the “European Electrolyser and Fuel Cell Forum” – the world’s leading scientific and technical conference in the field of electrolysers, fuel cells and hydrogen since 1994 in Lucerne, Switzerland. The forum brings together more than 500 experts and builds bridges between science, technology and industry.
Hydrogen Europe is the European association that represents the interests of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry and its stakeholders and promotes hydrogen as a pioneer for an emission-free society. With more than 300 companies and 27 national associations as members, the association covers the entire value chain of the European hydrogen and fuel cell ecosystem and cooperates with the European Commission within the framework of the “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking” (FCH JU).
For more information, please visit www.hydrogeneurope.eu
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