Towards European partnership for a sustainable hydrogen economy

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
A new Communication on actions towards the launch of a European Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology Partnership was presented by Commission President Romano Prodi, Vice president Loyola de Palacio and Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin.
Last year the European Commission set up a high level group on hydrogen and fuel cells, with the aim of proposing an integrated European vision highlighting the role that hydrogen and fuel cells could play in achieving secure and sustainable energy. In this line, a new Communication on actions towards the launch of a European Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technology Partnership, steered by an Advisory Council, was presented by Commission President Romano Prodi, Vice president Loyola de Palacio and Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin on 10 September in Brussels. The Partnership will include all major hydrogen stakeholders at EU level. The Commission will also fund hydrogen development and deployment research projects. It will foster joint public-private initiatives to promote commercialisation and business development. It will ensure a consistent policy framework, identify a realistic deployment strategy, boost international co-operation in this field, and promote education, training, information and dissemination of results in the hydrogen R&D area. The timetable, the definition of the structure, the terms of reference of the Advisory Council and invitation to note interest for participation in the Advisory Council will be ready as early as October 2003.

Commission President Prodi said If we continue to cosume energy at the current rates, future generations will have to pay thee price. Hydrogen can help address the issue. It is a promising vector, but its potential is yet to be fully integrated hydrogen economy within the next few decades. This requires strong political will and increased resources. We will meet this challenge. Our goal is to achieve a step-by-step shift towards a full integrated hydrogen economy within the next few decades. Acording to Vice President De Palacio Hydrogen and fuel cells are key to achieving the EU objective of replacing 20% of vehicle fuels with alternative fuels by 2020. They can potentially reduce EU's dependence on oil. Research Commissioner Busquin added that Hydrogen and fuel cells will help tackle the issues of security of energy supply, environmental impact and climate change, and more decentralised energy production.

Source: [http://europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/03/1229
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