The prospects for decarbonization, RePower’s ambitions, and the role of future hydrogen infrastructure were discussed in Brussels by heads of gas transmission companies, government officials, and hydrogen producers from 28 European countries. Pawel Stanczak, Deputy CEO for Development and Transformation of Gas TSO of Ukraine, also participated in the first EHB Day, initiated by the European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB).
As is known, the war in Ukraine has become a strong argument for the EU’s accelerated transition to clean energy. In May 2022, the European Commission presented the REPowerEU Plan, which envisages the final rejection of russian gas long before 2030 and strengthening the resilience of the European energy system.
«Despite the brutal war that Putin started, we must accelerate the energy transition. Our dependence on russian fossil fuel has to end as soon as possible», – said Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission.
EHB Day participants stressed the vital role of hydrogen infrastructure in the REPowerEU Plan, serving as the basis for a decarbonized future of Europe. In particular, they discussed introducing innovative solutions and the most promising projects for hydrogen infrastructure development.
«Given the significant potential for decarbonized gases production and an extensive system of main gas pipelines, Ukraine is a reliable and promising partner for Europe in the energy transition to carbon-free energy. GTSOU takes into account the potential for hydrogen development, and today we are studying the possibilities to regulate technological, regulatory, and economic aspects of hydrogen transportation», – said Pawel Stanczak, Deputy CEO for Development and Transformation of Gas TSO of Ukraine.
Gas TSO of Ukraine signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) in April this year. The EHB industry initiative includes representatives of thirty-one energy infrastructure operators, united by a shared vision of a climate-neutral Europe that ensures the development of the renewable energy market.