The EU industry calls on key EU decision-makers to allow optional eligibility of low-carbon hydrogen to the hydrogen targets for EU industry issued by the Member States.
The EU industry emphasises that the challenge to decarbonize is too significant and the EU's energy systems are too diverse to rely solely on renewable sources of energy. Therefore, to achieve this, they encourage EU policymakers and Member States to:
- Adopt a technology-neutral strategy that severely limits the carbon content of competing products to provide a fair playing field and enables the EU to take the lead in industrial hydrogen. One of the fundamental tenets of the EU, contained in Article 194(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, is the freedom of Member States to choose their own energy mix and technical neutrality.
- Adopt the Czech Presidency's proposal to alter the Gas and Hydrogen Directive, allowing Member States the option to consider low-carbon hydrogen to meet the binding hydrogen target in industry and low-carbon hydrogen and derivatives to meet the binding hydrogen objective in transportation (both set in REDIII).
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