DOOR OPENER FOR THE TRAFFIC TRANSITION
Joint press release from the CEP and DWV
Joint press release from the CEP and DWV
Statement from CEP and DWV on the National Hydrogen Strategy
Berlin, 10 June 2020 – It is done. Germany’s Federal Cabinet has adopted the National Hydrogen Strategy (NHS), a step long awaited by the industry. The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) welcome the NHS as a pioneering first step towards a successful traffic transition. In view of the finer points of the NHS, the two partners are confident that the regulatory framework it creates will enable a sustainable hydrogen economy and the achievement of the climate targets for 2050. The CEP and DWV are jointly committed to the market establishment of reliable, eco-friendly mobility powered by hydrogen and fuel cells.
Green H2 mobility
The NHS recognises the important role of green hydrogen as a fuel and storage medium. Given that green hydrogen is already competitive in the transport sector today, adequate regulation is of the essence, and it must be put in place now, while implementing the NHS.
A Fraunhofer Institute study commissioned by the BMVI in 2018 predicted an electrolysis capacity of 50 GW for Germany – a much higher figure than the demand of 20 GW projected by the federal government. The CEP and DWV advocate for the German government to raise the national targets for the share of renewable energies in fuels placed on the market to at least 20 percent. Furthermore, the crediting of green hydrogen co-processed in fuel production should be fully counted towards these targets. In this way, it may be possible to create a market for green hydrogen of over 15 GW – without the need for further subsidies. This would pave the way for meeting the real demand.
Potential of H2 mobility
On roads and railways, in the water and in the air, mobility with hydrogen and fuel cells can make a significant contribution to achieving the Green Deal. Particularly in the logistics, transport, and heavy-duty sector, it is a promising solution for advancing the traffic transition. FC mobility also scores in local public transport, in fleets, and in the use of lighter commercial vehicles. Precisely because of the wide range of possible applications and modes of transport and their enormous potential in the context of the energy transition, CEP and DWV welcome the explicit integration of a broad spectrum of applications in the NHS – an important aspect for fully exploiting the potential of H2 technologies.
Germany as a place of business
In the interests of an effective transformation of the transport sector, the CEP and DWV act as advisors to politicians and see a real opportunity for Germany as place of a business to play a pioneering role across the generations. The automotive industry can remain a mainstay of the German economy with a depth of value-add similar to that of conventional drive systems. Both partners appreciate the goal anchored in the NHS, of advancing the competitiveness of the German economy through research and development in the field of hydrogen technologies.
The NHP is an important step forward in Germany’s economic policy-making. What is needed now is a resolute, timely execution of the plans in order to create an investment-safe framework for the domestic economy in the long term. This would make a new sectoral economic upturn with 35,000 to 70,000 new jobs a realistic prospect.
Industry and policymakers, together
The CEP and DWV expressly welcome the Federal Government’s intention to establish hydrogen technologies as core elements of the energy transition, thus decarbonising the economy in general and mobility in particular. With the NHS, an important step has been taken. Now the task at hand is for industry and policymakers to work together to tackle the specified goals and turn them into reality as efficiently and effectively as possible.
About the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association DWV
Since 1996, the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) has advocated for the rapid market introduction of hydrogen as a fuel, and fuel-cell technology. The aim is to bring all aspects of a future supply infrastructure with hydrogen, its production, and energetic use - especially the conversion of energy by means of fuel cells - into a discussion of facts and perspectives, and to actively participate in shaping the development of the market. Our 312 individual members and 113 member institutions and companies represent more than 1.5 million jobs nationwide; the association thus represents a significant part of the German economy (www.dwv-info.de).
About the CEP
The 16 partners in the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) are working across all sectors to activate the market for mobility powered by hydrogen and fuel cells with a view to achieving a sustainable energy transition. Representatives from Air Liquide, Audi, BMW, Daimler, EWE, GP Joule, H2 Mobility, Honda, Hyundai, Linde, Infraserv Höchst, OMV, Shell, Total, Toyota and the Westfalen Group work together within the project to drive forward forward-looking hydrogen technology. Today, in 2020, we can safely say it is the mobility of the present: the technology is up and running, the H2 infrastructure is growing, and first vehicles are on the roads. The future is now!
Dr. Ulrich Schmidtchen, Deutscher Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Verband e. V. (DWV)
Robert-Koch-Platz 4, 10115 Berlin
Phone: +49-30-39820 9946-0
Joerg Starr, Chairman Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) / AUDI Brennstoffzelle
I/EH, 85045 Ingolstadt
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