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Italy's National Hydrogen Strategy Preliminary Guidelines

Nov 2, 2020

The "Strategia Nazionale Idrogeno Linee Guida Preliminari" presents Italy's vision on the role of hydrogen in its decarbonization efforts, aligned with the EU's broader environmental goals. It discusses the potential applications of hydrogen in transport, industry, and other sectors, emphasizing its significance in achieving environmental objectives, enhancing energy security, and fostering economic growth.

The document titled "Strategia Nazionale Idrogeno Linee Guida Preliminari" outlines Italy's high-level vision regarding the role of hydrogen in the country's decarbonization journey. Here's a summary:

  1. Objectives of the Document (Page 3): The document presents the Italian Government's vision on the role of hydrogen in the national decarbonization process, in line with the National Integrated Plan for Energy and Climate, the broader environmental agenda of the European Union, and the recently published EU Hydrogen Strategy. The document serves as an introduction to frame the discussion leading to a detailed Italian Hydrogen Strategy to be published in the coming year.

  2. European and National Context (Page 4): Since the early climate debates in the 1990s, the European Union has been at the forefront of climate interventions. The EU has set short and long-term goals, such as the Clean Energy Package of 2016 aiming for a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and the European Green Deal aiming for climate neutrality by 2050. In this context, hydrogen is expected to grow in the energy mix from the current <2% to 13-14% by 2050.

  3. Ambition and Demand Targets (Page 5-6): Hydrogen holds a unique position to contribute to national environmental objectives and a more secure and reliable energy production, especially if produced from renewable energy sources through electrolysis. For the next decade, the Government foresees the application of hydrogen in the transport sector, especially heavy-duty vehicles, railways, and industry. The document also discusses the potential of "hydrogen valleys" and pilot projects in various sectors.

The document further delves into the details of hydrogen's role in various sectors, its production, transport, storage, investments, environmental and economic impact, development of a national industrial ecosystem, financing and policies, and next steps.

Read the report here:

Italy's National Hydrogen Strategy Preliminary Guidelines
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