France urges green label for pink hydrogen

According to a letter from French energy minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher to EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, Brussels should likewise classify hydrogen produced from low-carbon energy sources like nuclear as “green.”

By 2030, the European Union (EU) plans to have produced 10 million tons of renewable hydrogen and imported 10 million tons of renewable hydrogen as part of its REPowerEU programme.

A letter written by Pannier-Runacher and cited by EURACTIV states, “the only important issue is the carbon content of the hydrogen produced and not the production vector.” She claims that low-carbon hydrogen is essential to the European Union’s (EU’s) ability to achieve its emission reduction goals and develop a competitive industrial sector.

In addition, the letter argues that countries with fully decarbonized systems should be given the same consideration as those with direct renewable energy supply and not be subject to the “additionally” approach.