The proposed definition of renewable hydrogen, developed by the European Commission in response to input from industry and other stakeholders, is intended to provide clarity and consistency on what qualifies as a renewable source of hydrogen. The criteria set out in the proposal are designed to encourage the production and use of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources. The new rules set out clear safety requirements for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen. They also provide the basis for a harmonised certification system across the EU to ensure that only safe hydrogen products are made available on the market. The aim is to create an environment where hydrogen can be used safely and efficiently across all sectors. The plan to drive up hydrogen production in Europe is a more significant effort to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels and transition towards a clean energy economy. The Hydrogen Accelerator will provide incentives for investments into hydrogen infrastructure and financial support for innovative projects at the forefront of renewable hydrogen technology. In addition to the Hydrogen Accelerator, the REPowerEU plan will invest in constructing hydrogen pipelines across the continent, allowing for greater transport efficiency between countries. Under the proposed rules, renewable hydrogen producers must obtain certification from an independent auditing body confirming that their production process complies with the EU’s Renewable Hydrogen Directive requirements. The European Commission will oversee the certification process, including inspections, monitoring or verifications to ensure compliance.
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