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Strengthening cooperation between regions and the H2- industries

21 February 2022

Strengthening cooperation between regions and the H2- industries

On January the 27th the Hydrogen Europe Regional Pillar was launched and Northern Netherlands Regional Minister Tjisse Stelpstra provided an opening speech for this celebratory event.

The Regional Pillar is a result of a longstanding collaboration between Hydrogen Europe and the  European Hydrogen Valleys S3 Partnership. The pillar builds on the Hydrogen Valleys Partnership, created by the Northern Netherlands, Aragon, Normandie and Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in 2019. The partnership connects the Valleys in Europe so that they can share knowledge, expertise and also business ideas. 

The European Commission, present at the launch event, stated that the EU is in its full position to be the leader in hydrogen.  We want to be Europe’s first climate neutral continent, and hydrogen should play a crucial role in this, according to Ms Van der Vlies, Director of DG RTD.

The Hydrogen Economy puzzle

The Regional Pillar will strengthen even further the collaboration not only among Hydrogen Regions, but also with the industry and research organizations. Hydrogen Valleys, by encompassing the entire H2 value chain, are a critical piece of the Hydrogen Economy puzzle. Hydrogen Valleys add value by favorable policies and designing funding programmes.  Therefore the Pillar will work with the regional authorities to facilitate the investments into the local and regional hydrogen value chains and enhance the deployment of hydrogen technologies that are best fit for regions, while at the same time ensuring synergies across Europe. The intensified cooperation between the regions and Hydrogen Europe should lead to more joint project and to concrete results on the ground.

As Regional Minister Tjisse Stelpstra concluded:

“This unique collaboration of industry and regional authorities will help the EU to become ‘Fit for 55’, thanks to investments into green hydrogen."

Our region looks forward to the next achievements between H2 industries and the H2 front runner regions.