Groningen and Zuid-Holland promote green hydrogen in EU Committee
“The provinces of Groningen and Zuid-Holland are fully committed to green hydrogen to reduce the CO2 emissions”, Jaap Smit informed the vice-chairman of the European Committee Maros Šefčovič.
Green hydrogen, produced from clean wind and solar energy, can be used as a sustainable energy carrier and resource for the chemical and petrochemical industry. Whenever there is a surplus of energy generated by wind or solar power, this energy can be stored as hydrogen to be used at a later date. At present, these surpluses are wasted. “Zuid-Holland is working hard on the transition to clean energy. Hydrogen is an important factor in this process. It allows us to reduce the CO2 emissions, to improve the quality of the air and to achieve the Paris climate targets. Together with Europe, we are stronger still”, said Smit on Tuesday 19 June during the two-day Provincial Executive meeting in Brussels.
Cooperation of the stakeholders in the north of the Netherlands and Zuid-Holland along with similar regions in other EU member is desirable. Groningen focuses on knowledge and further development of green hydrogen, Zuid-Holland on its role of ‘life testing ground’ or ‘launching customer’. There is sufficient industry present in the Rotterdam port area to further enhance the development of hydrogen. The TU Delft has boosted this development.
More European cooperation
The Provincial Executive informed the European Committee in Brussels on the initiatives and opportunities and were enthused about setting-up programmes and making changes to legislation to facilitate large-scale electrolysis, hydrogen transport infrastructure and market development to realise a broad application of green hydrogen.
“Hydrogen is widely used in Europe and is being researched as an alternative fuel of the future. It is important that we continue to cooperate to enlarge our innovation strength and our competitiveness”, said Maros Šefčovič.
Apart from hydrogen, the Provincial Executive in Brussels discussed the cooperation on the themes of water, energy and urban networks in the Eurodelta with partners from Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia. The Eurodelta consists of three economic core regions: the Randstad conurbation, the Ruhr area and the Flemish Diamond. Over 35 million residents of the Eurodelta can be reached within three hours, which makes the area the gateway to Europe and allows it to grow into a densely populated and economically powerful area, a global turntable for goods, services and knowledge.
To maintain and strengthen the Eurodelta's international clout, cross-border issues have to be harmonised to further increase the agglomeration power. This collaboration is the focus during the Corridor week on 6, 7 and 8 November in Rotterdam.