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3 August, 2020

EU Hydrogen Targets: "A Strong Signal and an Important Milestone”

Statement by Gerald Linke, DVGW Chairman of the Managing Committee, on the publication of the EU Hydrogen Strategy
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News - 03.08.2020

“The European Commission sends a strong signal with its ambitious goal to produce renewable hydrogen corresponding to an electrolysis capacity of at least 40 gigawatts by 2030. Additionally, this marks an important milestone on the way to establishing an integrated European energy system with hydrogen as a central pillar.

Blending hydrogen into the existing natural gas grid is indispensable for transmitting the amounts to be produced. The Deutsche Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches (DVGW, German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water) has already initiated a comprehensive revision of its Set of Rules to cover hydrogen injection up to 20 percent by volume and protect the applications at the same time. Our participation in European standardisation committees enables us to contribute our technical and scientific know how during the process. As regards the scope of application, the enormous decarbonisation potential of climate-neutral hydrogen in the heating market must be taken into account to an even greater extent at the European level.
Moreover, the European Hydrogen Strategy also provides important information for the further development of national legal norms on responsibilities and the terminology for climate-neutral gases.”

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