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Cabinet of Commissioner Kadri SIMSON - Minutes of VideoConference
VIDEOCONFERENCE CONCLUSIONS
Title
Conference call between the Commission (EVP Timmermans and Commissioner 
Simson) and Hydrogen Europe

Date
06/04/2020
Participants
Ext : Hydrogen Europe and CEOs of member companies (Resilient Energy, Ørsted, 
WindEurope, Enel Green Power, Akuo Energy, BayWa AG, NEL, EDF, ThyssenKrupp 
Industrial Solutions, Siemens, Sunfire, Linde Engineering, Gasunie, SNAM, Solar Power 
Europe); 
University of Delft; 
Mr Aziz Rabah, Minister for Energy, Mines and Environment of Morocco; 
COM: Executive Vice­President Frans Timmermans, Commissioner for Energy Kadri 
Simson, cabinets, DG ENER, SG.
Ares initial request : n/a
Disclosure authorization : ☒ YES  ­ ☐ NO  ­ ☐ Partial (pls highlight unauthorized parts)
Issues raised 
& follow-up

Hydrogen Europe expressed concerns about the potential impact of the Covid­19 crisis 
on the hydrogen industry in the EU. The ‘2x40 GW green hydrogen initiative’ was 
presented. It includes a roadmap for 40 GW electrolyser capacity in the EU and 40 GW 
electrolyser capacity in North Africa and Ukraine by 2030 (the latter producing both for 
the domestic and export markets). According to the initiative, if such projects are 
implemented, renewable hydrogen will become cost competitive with fossil (grey) 
hydrogen and about 82 MtCO2e/yr could be avoided in the EU. This would require the 
development of a European­African hydrogen transport infrastructure and storage 
facilities, and financial and regulatory support would be needed. Various CEOs of 
Hydrogen Europe’s member companies further presented their vision on upscaling 
renewable energy production for hydrogen, on ‘green’ hydrogen production, and on 
the distribution of hydrogen via pipelines.
Executive Vice-President Timmermans welcomed the 2x40 GW Green Hydrogen 
Initiative as a source of inspiration. He noted the clear need for developing a regulatory 
framework, R&I, and financial support for hydrogen and confirmed the support from 
the Commission. He stressed that in the recovery from the Covid­19 crisis, Europe 
needs to act together and to invest in a sustainable way, and noted that hydrogen could 
be a key solution to our energy challenges, especially in the post­Covid situation. He 
underlined that the pre­Covid priorities, notably European Green Deal and Digital 
Europe remain highly relevant also in the recovery. He expressed the hope to continue 
this discussion once there is more clarity on the recovery program.
Commissioner Simson mentioned the importance of industrial policy to boost hydrogen 
demand, especially to decarbonise certain industrial processes (hard­to­abate 
industries) and of the EU regulatory framework in creating a European clean hydrogen 
market.  For  green  hydrogen  to  be  competitive,  she  stressed  the  need  for  an EU  wide 
market, also ensuring renewable electricity at competitive prices. The upcoming Energy 
System Integration strategy should include relevant elements of such a framework. She 
added that the proposal for the revision of the TEN­E Regulation will address the issue 
of a European pipeline system to transport hydrogen from production sites to 
consumption points, both newly built and refurbished gas pipelines. She also referred 
to the relevance of international cooperation on the topic, especially in the context 
Clean Energy Ministerial. She reassured participants that the current crisis should not 

Cabinet of Commissioner Kadri SIMSON - Minutes of VideoConference
cause any delay in our timeline for the development of the clean energy policy in 2020.
Minister Aziz Rabah outlined Morocco’s ambition in expanding renewable energy 
generation and becoming a hub for renewable energy, including green hydrogen for 
Europe and North Africa. The recently established National Commission for Hydrogen 
elaborates a hydrogen roadmap towards 2030.