In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, major countries and the European Commission are preparing recovery plans. This is an opportunity – particularly for European countries – to accelerate the energy transition with the Green Deal, a green pact which will count green hydrogen as one of its pillars. While France adopted a hydrogen plan in 2018, and has included this energy in its recovery plans for the automobile and aeronautic sectors, other countries are showing high ambitions. Energy ministers from seven European countries (Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland) have confirmed, in a joint declaration, their commitment to increasing cooperation in the hydrogen sector. The European Commission will soon present its hydrogen strategy. Many regions throughout Europe have taken on the subject.
In practical terms, what role can Europe play, faced with competitors such as China, South Korea and Japan – countries that have clearly made hydrogen a priority and have taken the lead in this field?
How do we develop a world-class industry?
What actions can be implemented locally within regions?
The objective of this plenary session is to hear from European bodies, the French government and of course the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. For over 20 years, the region has developed a world-renowned academic cluster which has a strong territorial project on these themes, and which seeks to highlight the vital partnership between regions and Europe for a successful energy transition.