Long-awaited EU rules on renewable hydrogen expected 15 Dec – EURACTIV.com


The foundations that may govern the necessities for hydrogen to be licensed as renewable, so-called additionality guidelines, are anticipated to be unveiled on 15 December by the Fee, which can go away little time for session.

Hydrogen is anticipated to play a key function in Europe’s decarbonisation efforts. Nonetheless, its market ramp-up has been gradual attributable to regulatory uncertainty, with guidelines to control whether or not hydrogen is “inexperienced” delayed for years.

A draft of the brand new guidelines seen by EURACTIV is about to be launched on 15 December, based on Jens Geier, a social democrat from Germany and the EU parliament’s lead negotiator on components of the 2021 gasoline and hydrogen package deal.

The brand new draft of the foundations is “the most effective I’ve seen up to now by way of content material”, he instructed reporters in Berlin. The complete draft might be discovered beneath.

Inexperienced, or renewable, hydrogen is produced by electrolysing water utilizing renewable electrical energy. With a purpose to make sure that electrolyser build-out ends in additional renewables as an alternative of cannibalisation of present wind generators and photo voltaic PV, “additionality” guidelines come into play.

By that includes a temporal and geographical part, the foundations need to hyperlink precise renewable electrical energy manufacturing to close by hydrogen manufacturing – hydrogen manufacturing have to be positioned as close to as attainable to a wind park, and produce hydrogen when the wind is blowing.

“Till 31 March 2028”, this strategy will largely be discarded, the draft exhibits.

Demonstrating a quarterly overlap between renewable output and hydrogen manufacturing will suffice. Suppose tanks and activists are likely to favour hourly or every day overlaps.

“Based mostly on month-to-month correlation, hydrogen produced by electrolysis with electrical energy drawn from the grid in 2021 would have resulted in common emissions of 574 gCO2e/kWh in Germany and 1,071 gCO2e/kWh in Poland,” defined Matthias Buck, Europe director on the German think-tank Agora Energiewende in a latest op-ed for EURACTIV.

The geographical correlation will equally be fulfilled if electrolyser and renewable era are in the identical electrical energy bidding zone – far much less bold than preliminary expectations from analysts. For probably the most half, nation borders overlap with bidding zones. Italy and Sweden, that are cut up into a number of bidding zones, are notable exceptions. 

An skilled supply described the brand new delegated act as a “good compromise” that hurts all sides “simply sufficient.”

Little time for session

Stakeholders, business and NGOs alike, will not be too overjoyed, although. Based on Geier, the European Fee is seeking to launch the delegated act on 15 December for consultations – over a four-week interval.

The discharge of the additionality in such an “unfriendly method,” as Geier termed it,” might have each activists and lobbyists work additional time throughout Christmas, eerily harking back to the final unpopular delegated act from the Berlaymont: the EU sustainable finance taxonomy, dropped into inboxes minutes to midnight on 31 December.

The draft of the delegated act on hydrogen additionality might be learn beneath.


[Edited by Nathalie Weatherald]

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