Japan and European Union form agreement to collaborate on clean hydrogen

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Earlier this week, Japan and the EU agreed to work together on the ‘Clean Hydrogen Partnership.’ The key aims of this initiative are to increase the supply of clean hydrogen and to share research on new technologies that will help countries worldwide adopt it as a fuel. This will be achieved by fostering links between research centres and industries in both the EU and Japan, so that they can share data and drive innovation. New infrastructure will also be required for a global shift towards clean hydrogen to take place.

Japan aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and clean hydrogen forms a significant part of their action plan. It is hoped that clean hydrogen can replace the country’s current use of gas. Similarly the EU is hopeful that hydrogen can replace the need for imported fossil fuels from Russia; European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson said that hydrogen is an ‘important priority for European energy policy.’ The EU hopes to produce 10 million metric tons by 2030.

Going on to underline the importance of the agreement, Kadri Simson said: ‘hydrogen will be very soon an internationally traded commodity, and close EU-Japan cooperation will be essential for promoting renewable and low-carbon hydrogen globally, and ensuring that standards and regulations converge.’

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