Hydrogen mobility is gaining traction as a key solution to decarbonise the transportation sector, and industry leaders are highlighting its importance to policymakers. In a recent online workshop, organised by Hydrogen Europe and Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, EU policymakers, industry players and knowledge parties came together to discuss the successes of EU projects and understand future opportunities in the sector. The workshop covered road vehicles, refuelling infrastructure, pan-European projects and policy insights in light of the EU's target of reducing emissions by 90% by 2050.
One of the key issues highlighted was the need for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Daniel Fraile, Chief Policy Officer of Hydrogen Europe, called for support from the automotive industry and member states, emphasising the need for more hydrogen refuelling infrastructure numbers. MEP Ismail Ertug spoke about the crucial role of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) in deploying hydrogen refuelling stations, while Nikolas Iwan, CEO of H2 Mobility Deutschland, believes the EU Delegated Acts on Renewable Hydrogen, alongside the AFIR, will mean more affordable green hydrogen and more affordable vehicles that will result in greater uptake across Europe.
The workshop also saw industry leaders discussing the need for the entire full chain of hydrogen technologies, from trucks and buses to stacks and tanks, and highlighted hydrogen as a solution for hard-to-abate sectors. The audience indicated an interest in policy recommendations for boosting hydrogen mobility and learning about the experiences of EU projects deploying hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure.
While the cost remains a challenge for the hydrogen mobility market, clarity of policy direction is required to increase investment in decarbonising transport. The workshop showcased the important role of hydrogen mobility in achieving the EU's emissions reduction targets and the need for collaboration between policymakers and industry players to achieve a sustainable future.