Joint letter: Only a robust low-carbon hydrogen definition will reduce emissions and increase security in Europe

Publish date: April 2, 2024

Bellona, alongside diverse stakeholders from environmental NGOs, think tanks and Industry, is calling on the European Commission to adopt a robust definition for low-carbon hydrogen in the upcoming delegated act (DA) pursuant to article 8 of the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Directive, after thorough consultation of stakeholders.

Evidence shows that renewable hydrogen is the most sustainable and compatible solution to
decarbonise hard-to-electrify industry, aviation, and shipping, and help reach the EU’s climate,
energy security, and zero pollution goals. However, since the Gas Package also aims to provide
a legal framework for low-carbon hydrogen, it is crucial to regulate it well for not all forms of
hydrogen are equivalent.

A robust definition is crucial to provide market players with investment certainty, ensure a true level playing field with renewable hydrogen, and guarantee that low-carbon hydrogen contributes effectively to climate mitigation efforts, rather than hampering them. Only through a transparent process that puts scientific knowledge at the forefront can we make sure that so-called “blue hydrogen”
serves as a meaningful tool for climate action.

Read the full letter below.

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