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    EU Hydrogen Vision: regulatory opportunities and challenges [GGP]

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On 8 July 2020 the European Commission (EC) published its EU Hydrogen Strategy, and its EU Energy System Integration Strategy.

by: OXFORD INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY STUDIES (OIES)

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EU Hydrogen Vision: regulatory opportunities and challenges [GGP]

The Hydrogen Strategy is complementary to and supportive of the Energy System Integration Strategy. It is also complementary to the EU Industrial Strategy which was published in March this year. All of the strategies are part of the overall EU Green Deal aiming at climate neutrality by 2050.

A recent OIES Comment provided a brief review of the key aspects of the Hydrogen Strategy and concluded that the Strategy covers ‘all potential possibilities for hydrogen in the energy transition’, including both renewable (also known as ‘green’) and low carbon hydrogen (including hydrogen from natural gas where the carbon is captured). The Strategy makes clear that renewable hydrogen is the priority as the end game but acknowledges that other forms of low carbon hydrogen will play a role in the short and medium term. The Strategy is significantly more forthcoming and detailed on renewable, rather than low carbon, hydrogen.

This Insight focuses on the Commission’s vision for regulatory treatment of renewable and low carbon hydrogen, and how it might translate into future EU legislative initiatives.

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