Building partnerships for an international hydrogen economy
Hydrogen has a key role to play in the transformation to a climate-neutral economy - especially in fields of application that cannot be electrified. The emergence of a green hydrogen economy is associated with prospects for new industrial value creation. However, most estimates assume that even with an ambitious expansion of renewable energies, large quantities of the German & European hydrogen demand will have to be imported. International cooperation between Germany, the EU and potential partner countries is therefore indispensable to enable the development of an international hydrogen economy.
The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Research Institute for Sustainability - Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam (RIFS) are hosting an online event to discuss the "FES diskurs" publication "Building partnerships for an international hydrogen Economy: Entry-points for European policy action". Key questions and challenges for promoting international cooperation between the EU and potential international partners within an emerging hydrogen economy will be discussed. The study outlines six policy dimensions that European decision-makers should pay particular attention to when building these international partnerships: climate mitigation, green industrial development in Europe, just transitions in partner countries, geopolitics, security of supply, and economic feasibility. Taking these six dimensions as its starting point, the authors present nine policy messages for the development of an international hydrogen economy within the context of broader decarbonisation efforts in the EU.
Study presentation and discussion on February 14, 2023, 13.00 to 14.30
On Tuesday, February 14, 2023, lead author Rainer Quitzow (RIFS Potsdam) will publicly present the results of the study and we will discuss them together with Christiane Averbeck (Climate Alliance Germany), Markus Exenberger (H2Global Foundation), Maira Kusch (World Energy Council - Germany), and Andreas Rimkus (SPD Parliamentary Group). We will debate the following questions, among others, during at the digital roundtable:
- From a European perspective, what are key partner regions for the import of hydrogen and what does this imply for the development of the necessary infrastructures?
- How can it be ensured that the development of a global hydrogen economy supports both industrial value creation in Europe and economic and social development in partner countries?
- What role do Blue Hydrogen and Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) play in the ramp-up of an international hydrogen economy and how should Germany and Europe position themselves in this regard?
The event will be held in German only.