On October 6th, 2021, during the Green Hydrogen Forum at The smarter E Europe Restart 2021, the German hydrogen and fuel cell association DWV (Deutscher Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Verband) as well as Hydrogen Europe together with the European Fuel Cell Forum published “The Green Hydrogen Manifesto.” It contains twelve demands addressed to policy-makers and governments at the EU, national and regional level. The authors’ aim is to promote the role of hydrogen as the means to a circular economy and full decarbonization and to create a sustainable hydrogen and energy economy.
For example, there are calls for the CO2 emission potential of energy carriers to become the new currency for energy systems. Furthermore, the signers demand credible and globally recognized certification of hydrogen, as a global commodity, as well as the creation of an “EU Hydrogen Special Envoy,” as a special office of the EU that would promote hydrogen strategies and partnerships with non-EU third-party nations. Furthermore, a solid EU legal framework for the regulation of hydrogen networks shall be introduced.
At first, around 100 institutions signed the document. Directly after the presentation, 100 more signatures were added, among them companies such as Bosch, GE, Viessmann, Nel, ITM Power, John Cockerill, Terega and Haldor Topsøe.