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The European Commission presented its Hydrogen Strategy today and will present the Clean Hydrogen Alliance, a new platform for European hydrogen projects, this afternoon. The Clean Hydrogen Alliance is to serve as an implementation instrument. The platform aims to bring together representatives from business, government and civil society to accelerate the establishment of a hydrogen economy for a climate-neutral Europe. Shortly after the beginning of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, the foundation of the Clean Hydrogen Alliance is a positive signal for the European hydrogen industry.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said: “The current crisis offers an opportunity for us to make substantial progress on Europe’s transformation towards a leading market for digital, sustainable and climate-friendly technologies. In this context, hydrogen plays a key role. The Clean Hydrogen Alliance brings together representatives from industry, government and civil society. This is right and essential as we need to elaborate joint solutions. During the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, Germany will therefore follow the work of the Alliance and vigorously support it.”

On 1 July 2020, Germany took over the six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Successfully overcoming the coronavirus crisis and its consequences is a key issue of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU under the motto ‘Together for Europe’s recovery’. In this context, hydrogen technologies play an important role. On 10 June, the German federal government presented the National Hydrogen Strategy.