8 October 2019 | 7 minutes.

Gaining global momentum

Michela Bortolotti
Communications Manager, Hydrogen Europe

Michela Bortolotti, Communications Manager, Hydrogen Europe

All over the globe, leaders are looking at strongly addressing climate change. In December 2018 in Katowice, Poland, COP24 advanced a “rulebook” to bring the 2015 Paris Agreement to life which aims at keeping global warming well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. Hydrogen is here to make that happen.

Europe should be at the forefront of the fight to decarbonize the energy system and, in this context, hydrogen has a key role to play. Hydrogen is multi-talented: it’s an energy carrier, a fuel, and a raw material. If produced adequately, hydrogen can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen energy independence and mitigate the challenges posed by variability and intermittency of renewable energy systems. Hydrogen offers a clean, sustainable, and flexible option to convert renewable electricity into a chemical energy carrier for use in mobility, heat and industrial applications. As the “gaseous form of electricity”, it is an enabler for sectoral integration. Hydrogen is indeed a key component of the future energy systems that will accelerate the transition to deeply decarbonized energy and mobility sectors, also presenting opportunities in terms of job creation, technological leadership, and environmental protection for Europe.

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