Takeaways from the webinar "Alpine Regions, large scale initiators of hydrogen mobility"


Alpine Regions, large scale initiators of hydrogen mobility

The webinar, which gathered more than 60 participants, aimed at demonstrating how the EUSALP Macro regional strategy is a booster for cooperation in the hydrogen strategic field, with a better coordination and concentration of funds. It is intended to all institutions and stakeholders working in the hydrogen field and heavy mobility.

Key insights - EUSALP Green Hydrogen in the Alps initiative and progress, by Sylvain Guetaz, policy officer for European cooperation and leader of EUSALP Action Group n°2, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region

  • The region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has been quite active in the field of hydrogen since a couple of years: In 2017, the Region launched the Zero Emission Valley project with some private companies such as Michelin and Engie, in particular by creating SAS Hympulsion, with the aim of deploying a fleet of 1,200 zero-emission fuel cell vehicles and 20 hydrogen stations by the end of 2023.
  • The Region has also launched in 2019 the S3 Hydrogen Valleys partnership, which to date includes 53 European regions and cities, including 10 French Regions.
  • Since the beginning of the French Presidency for EUSALP (in 2020), the Region decided to launch an important initiative dealing with hydrogen: It signed the regional pillar of the hydrogen European network.
  • The EUSALP Hydrogen Initiative is a proposal coming from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region to develop a Joint Project Proposal to foster investment in heavy duty mobility solutions across the Alps. (e.g. urban buses, coaches, trucks, snow groomers, refuelling stations, production of green H2…).

Key insights - Hydrogen regional strategies in EUSALP: a stakeholder perspective on barriers and cooperation opportunities in the transition to a H2-based economy. Preliminary results from the meta-study initiated by EUSALP Action group 9, by Lorenzo Menin and Stefano Piazzi, University of Bolzano

Objectives of this study:

  • Understanding fundamental hydrogen production and utilising modes envisaged by stakeholders
  • Investigating perception of fundamental barriers and opportunities on the way towards hydrogen development
  • Exploring policy priorities identified by stakeholders at regional level 

Results of the questionnaire:

  • Priority: Decarbonization is the top one priority, then jobs & local economy, followed by the need for innovation and energy security.
  • Barriers to implementation: insufficient competitiveness comes at the top, then technological risk and lack infrastructure.
  •  Most promising production pathway: electrolysis is the most cited option. Blue hydrogen, biogas reforming and biomass is also cited.
  • Most promising utilization pathway: Heavy transportation is most cited, as well as energy storage.

Key insights - Hydrogen in EU policies DG Energy, Tomasz Bak, Policy analyst, European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy, Infrastructure and Regional Cooperation Unit

The Hydrogen Alliance is a platform set up by the European Commission. It gathers different stakeholders, mainly industries companies and public authorities.

Important goals of this alliance:

  • Identify EU Hydrogen flagship projects which could contribute tp meet the important milestone of the hydrogen roadmap
  • Boosting demand and scaling up production
  • Developing hydrogen infrastructure and markets
  • Boosting research and innovation
  • Giving an international dimension to EU hydrogen production

Key insights - EU possible funds for the EUSALP green hydrogen initiative, Hortense Lutz Hermellin, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region, Brussels delegation

Mrs. Hortense Lutz-Hermellin presented the EU possible funds to give an insight of the funding opportunities to initiate and develop hydrogen projects.

  • Next generation EU (EU recovery plan) 2021- 2026
  • ERDF (EU cohesion policy) 2021 – 2027
  • Horizon Europe
  • I3: inter-regional innovation investment
  • Connecting Europe Facility