New DWV Position Paper

Diwald, together with representatives from industry (right: Chatzimarkakis), presenting Šefčovič (left) with the position paper

Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of the European Commission’s Energy Union, spent twenty minutes during Hannover Messe to discuss the role of green hydrogen in the energy transformation with representatives from industry. The conversation at NOW’s booth was followed by the DWV and industry representatives presenting Šefčovič with a position paper by the industry. It called on the European Commission to consider a legislative change or, in more concrete terms, a short-term adjustment of European standards and guidelines (pre-2020), so that “renewable gases and liquids of non-biogenic origin (green hydrogen) can meet a refinery’s obligation to reduce fuel-based GHG emissions.”

DWV chair Werner Diwald said during the discussion: “It seems like an unacceptable situation: European guidelines have recognized the GHG reduction value of some questionable biofuels – such as palm oil – but haven’t done the same for green hydrogen.”

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