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Netherlands Government Strategy on Hydrogen

Apr 6, 2020

The Netherlands is prioritizing the development of hydrogen as a clean energy source, recognizing its potential in achieving a sustainable energy system. The government's strategy focuses on legislation, market regulation, certification, and safety, emphasizing public-private partnerships, international collaboration, and the country's unique position to lead in hydrogen development.

The Netherlands is strategically positioning itself as a leader in the development and integration of hydrogen as a clean energy source. Recognizing its potential as a cornerstone for a sustainable, zero-carbon energy system, the country leverages its unique advantages, including industrial clusters, ports, and widespread stakeholder support. The government's vision is built on four pillars: legislation and regulation, market regulation, guarantees of origin and certification, and safety. A primary focus is on cost reduction, with an ambitious goal to slash the cost of green hydrogen by 50-60% within the next decade. This is tied to a target of achieving 3-4 GW of installed capacity by 2030. Support schemes have been established to foster research, scaling, and project roll-outs, including the SDE++ scheme.

There's a keen interest in linking hydrogen production to offshore wind energy, which presents opportunities for cost savings and alleviating grid congestion. The potential of blending green hydrogen into the natural gas grid is also being explored. Hydrogen's versatility is evident in its applicability across various sectors like mobility, industry, electricity, agriculture, and the built environment, each presenting unique challenges and prospects. The Netherlands is not only focusing inward but also actively engaging in international collaborations, including liaisons with the European Commission, bilateral partnerships, and participation in global initiatives. Regional policies, especially in areas like the Northern Netherlands, are pivotal in facilitating local hydrogen infrastructure and projects. Furthermore, the government underscores the significance of both foundational and applied research in the hydrogen value chain, supported by programs like the Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM). In essence, the Netherlands' holistic approach to hydrogen underscores its commitment to leading Europe in the transition to a sustainable energy paradigm, with hydrogen at its core.

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