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Hydrogen in North-West Europe: unlocking opportunities through regional cooperation

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Leaders from governments around the world will gather at COP26 in Glasgow this year with the aim to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As part of governments’ efforts to reduce emissions from the energy sector, the world has in recent years seen an increased interest in hydrogen as a clean fuel and feedstock with an increasing number of national strategies and economic recovery plans supporting hydrogen technologies.

At the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting in Vancouver, 2019, the CEM members launched a Hydrogen initiative (H2I) dedicated to support the scale-up of clean hydrogen use in the energy sector. As part of the initiative’s efforts, the H2I members launched an activity on regional cooperation in the North-West Europe. Under the leadership of the Netherlands, and in close collaboration with neighboring countries, a dialogue has started in this region to enhance collaboration and hydrogen market development.

To support the discussions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) prepared a special study entitled ‘Hydrogen in North-Western Europe. A vision towards 2030’. The webinar on 3 May 2021 will be the official launch event of the study and will be dedicated to the presentation of the report followed by reactions from involved governments. It will be open to the public and in June 2021 it will be broadcasted at the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial as a side event.