In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, major countries and the European Commission announced their 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. France announced a major EUR 7 billion plan which includes EUR 2 billion to be provided for the 2020-2022 period. 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 presented its hydrogen strategy as well and 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.