The AER working group on Green Hydrogen is organising its kick-off meeting on 13 March 2023 from 09:30-11:30
The proposal for this working group is led by Catalonia (ES). It is supported by Burgenland (AU), Lower Austria (AU), Valle D’Aosta (IT), Flevoland (NL), Maramures (RO), Värmland (SE), Västra-Götaland (SE), Fribourg (CH), and Denizli (TR), Kosice (SK)
This meeting will be open to AER members only
During this first meeting, AER members interested in sharing experiences and knowledge on the topic of Green Hydrogen will:
- get to know each other (pitch on the region)
- share why the topic matters for them now
- share how the working group would create value for them: what they expect, how they would like to contribute
- define activities for the coming months
The group will also agree on who should be the Chair of the Working Group
More information on how to set-up a working group at AER here.
For any questions, please contact AER Coordinator for Policy & Knowledge Transfer Johanna Pacevicius
Context: scaling up the renewable hydrogen economy
There is significant work to do to scale-up production and demand. At present, hydrogen makes up less than 2% of Europe’s energy mix and is still largely produced from fossil fuels. Producing clean hydrogen from renewable sources like wind and solar is expensive, and while technology has improved and come down in cost, there remain challenges connecting hydrogen production to energy grids and securing enough investment to make it viable.
Regions have a key role to play in scaling up the renewable hydrogen economy across Europe. As noted in a 2020 opinion adopted by the Committee of the Regions, green hydrogen “has the capacity to promote regional and local development because significant parts of the value chain can be established in regions and municipalities”. With the right level of private and public investment, European regions can lead in the creation of self-contained “hydrogen hubs” that link all elements of the value chain.
Regions have a crucial role in facilitating, supporting, and developing collaborations for the deployment of green hydrogen.
By cooperating and sharing experiences and best practices, regions can inspire each other inter-regionally to the best possible solutions in several areas.
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