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Parliamentary questions
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1 July 2020
Question for written answer E-003866/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Robert Hajšel (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The use of hydrogen

The EU’s plans for clean hydrogen and the Commission’s hydrogen strategy are due to be unveiled on 8 July. Almost all hydrogen today comes from fossil fuels – mainly natural gas steam reforming and coal. While clean hydrogen can represent a sustainable alternative, the technologies available for it are costly and remain challenging.

Policies that create sustainable markets for clean hydrogen, especially to reduce emissions from fossil fuel-based hydrogen, are needed to underpin investments by suppliers, distributors and users.

1. What is the Commission’s plan to make hydrogen produced from renewable energy more cost competitive vis-à-vis that sourced from fossil fuels?

2. Taking the possible advantages and disadvantages into account, is the Commission prioritising the future use of blue or green hydrogen, and does its strategy include a plan to stimulate commercial demand for clean hydrogen?

3. Where does the Commission see the future of EU investments if renewable sources will not be able to safeguard the fulfilment of energy demand?

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