Letter on the importance of the European Network of Network Operators for Hydrogen

European Parliament offices and European flags in Brussels, Belg
European Parliament offices and European flags in Brussels, Belgium. Photo by Sergey Kelin on Adobe Stock.

Our open letter to the European Parliament and the Council highlights the critical importance of establishing the European Network of Network Operators for Hydrogen (ENNOH). At this pivotal moment, the fate of ENNOH is under discussion in the trilogues, making it a key opportunity to drive Europe’s energy transition and achieve our climate objectives.

ENNOH serves as an independent entity dedicated to developing a cost-efficient and proportionate hydrogen infrastructure. By supporting ENNOH, we can position the European Union as a global leader in renewable hydrogen technology, swiftly decarbonizing hard-to-electrify sectors while minimizing additional costs.

Renewable hydrogen is set to play a transformative role in sectors such as heavy industry, long-distance aviation, shipping, and long duration energy storage. However, it cannot be governed in the same way as fossil gas. Therefore, we emphasize the need for an independent entity, run by hydrogen network operators without any conflicts of interest, to oversee the planning and development of a competitive market.

To ensure optimal outcomes, ENNOH must collaborate closely with stakeholders such as ENTSO-E, ENTSO-G, ACER, and science-based bodies like the ESABCC. Integrated network development planning, coupled with targeted infrastructure tailored to the needs of different sectors, will provide efficient decarbonization solutions for consumers and applications.

It is crucial to fully support the creation of ENNOH, which will enable the EU to harness the potential of renewable hydrogen, accelerate our energy transition, and lead the way in achieving a sustainable future. An independent ENNOH is crucial to drive the fastest and most cost-efficient energy transition possible. By doing so, we can ensure Europe’s position as a frontrunner in renewable hydrogen technology and make significant strides towards a greener and more sustainable world.

Read the letter here.


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