European Commission Sets Criteria for Green Hydrogen Production

European Commission Sets Criteria for Green Hydrogen Production

The European Commission has today presented a so-called delegated act, which sets out the criteria for the production of green hydrogen. This is an important step, as the delegated act is the central regulatory instrument for determining the electricity procurement criteria for the production of green hydrogen. The criteria set out in the European Commission’s delegated act specify under what conditions hydrogen can be credited to the objectives of the EU Renewable Directive. Hydrogen can be produced using fossil natural gas or by using electricity in so-called electrolyzers. If only renewable electricity is used, this hydrogen is considered „green“ and is counted as 100% renewable energy in the Renewable Energy Directive. The delegated act also specifies three essential criteria for recognizing hydrogen as renewable energy when electricity is taken from the grid: additionality with respect to renewable energy generation, temporal and spatial correlation between electricity consumption by electrolyzers and renewable power generation. These criteria are necessary to ensure investment security and rapid market launch of the green hydrogen economy, create a basis for comparable competitive conditions throughout Europe and prevent additional network expansion needs.

What is Green Hydrogen?

Green Hydrogen is a form of clean energy that can be used to power homes and businesses. It is created through the process of electrolysis, which uses electricity from renewable sources such as solar or wind to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen produced can then be used in fuel cells to generate electricity, heat, or even be used directly in vehicles as a fuel. Green Hydrogen is an important part of the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.
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