Spain: Alliance for the Use of Green Hydrogen in Aviation launched

An agreement for the formation of the Alliance for the Use of Green Hydrogen in Aviation and the promotion of decarbonization in this sector was signed this week at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda’s headquarters by the aeronautical sector, which is dedicated to the decarbonization of the industry.

Aware that green hydrogen has been identified as a sustainable solution for the decarbonization of numerous productive and industrial sectors, among which air transportation stands out, and that it is called to be a key energy vector in the future of our economy, this alliance was formed to accelerate the decarbonization process.

The National Hydrogen Center (CNH2), Gasnam-Neutral Transport, the Nati, the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), the Association of Airlines (ALA), the Spanish Association of Operators of Petroleum Products (AOP), the Spanish Association of Technological Companies of Defense, Security, Aeronautics and Space (TEDAE), the National Hydrogen Center (CNH2), and the Alliance for the Use of Green Hydrogen in Aviation are all supporters of the alliance (PTeH2).

In addition to fostering research and development of solutions in this area, coordination between various actors in the value chain of the hydrogen industry for aviation, and information exchange, the objectives of this alliance include determining the needs for the development, production, storage, and distribution of green hydrogen for aviation in Spain.

This initiative includes the creation of roadmaps, schedules, and working groups that relate the requirements or goals of production and supply, as well as the organization of forums and congresses to exchange knowledge and generate projects. Position papers are also among the actions that are contemplated by this initiative. Other pertinent sector actors will be welcome to contribute to these working groups. Likewise, the alliance will discover projects and chances for funding and collaboration, as well as propose initiatives to the Administrations.

As the Alliance was being introduced and the eleven members were signing the protocol of action, Isabel Pardo de Vera, the Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda made a point to mention that “Signing this Protocol, a collaboration tool that should enable us to work together on a variety of initiatives to support the use of green hydrogen in aviation and air transportation, brings me great personal and institutional satisfaction. This is happening at a time when every person’s effort is necessary to fulfill the dream of a decarbonized society, in which green hydrogen is called to play a crucial part, and from which aviation and air travel should not, and cannot, be excluded.”

For her part, Silvia Lazcano, the Alliance’s spokesman, and PAE president guarantee that “In the final decade of the twentieth century, aviation was the first industry to adopt a worldwide agenda against climate change. Even as our aims have gotten loftier, their devotion has remained constant. Given that it has been utilized for many years in space, hydrogen is proving to be the energy vector of choice for heavy transportation in this setting, especially for aeronautics.”

“The hydrogen value chain is complicated and in the process of being created. Rapidly coordinated activities are required to ensure that production, distribution, regulation, airport infrastructure, and onboard technology are developed throughout this decade in order to meet the sector’s target of net zero carbon emissions in 2050. To make this a reality, the Alliance for the Use of Hydrogen in Aviation seeks to facilitate and stimulate cooperation between all parties.”

Spanish socioeconomic progress, territorial cohesiveness, and global connectivity are all greatly aided by aviation. To accomplish the global climate goals set forth in the Paris Agreement, and in particular the net zero emissions of CO2 in 2050, the industry is committed to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

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