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Parliamentary questions
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29 September 2020
Priority question for written answer P-005300/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Maria Spyraki (PPE)
 Subject: Hydrogen ambitions

The EU Hydrogen Strategy sets the objective of reaching 6 GW of renewable hydrogen production by 2024 and a 2030 target of 40 GW. Hydrogen is set to play an important role in meeting the EU’s energy and climate targets for 2030 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. However, in the 2030 target plan impact assessment, the Commission only foresees 11-12 GW of renewable hydrogen production.

The creation of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance was also announced with a view to creating a platform for stakeholders including, among others, industry, civil society and the Commission and accelerating the development of a European hydrogen economy and hydrogen market. However, the work of the Alliance has yet to begin and there’s little clarity about its governance. Delays related to the Alliance only serve to harm the EU’s credibility with respect to achieving the objectives of the H2 strategy, delaying industry investment decisions related to H 2 and putting the EU’s targets at risk.

1. What are the reasons for the reduced ambition related to H2 production in 2030?

2. Could the Commission clarify the role of the Alliance, when its first meeting will take place and when it is expected to deliver a result?

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