Political Support

Necessary political support
for green hydrogen

The market launch of green H2, the development of an H2 infrastructure, the realization of the advantages of power-to-gas, the establishment of a new industry - these are the goals of the GET H2 initiative. Making this possible is largely in the hands of politicians. Only if it supports a clearly defined package of measures to change the political and regulatory framework for hydrogen can the economy develop appropriate business models, exploit the great potential of green H2 and thus promote the energy transition:

Today, the H2 produced in an electrolysis is several times more expensive than H2 conventionally produced from natural gas. The biggest cost factor in production is the electricity used in the electrolysis process, which is burdened by levies and taxes that are higher than the actual market price for green electricity. Only by relieving the green electricity used of levies and taxes will it be at all conceivable that the economic viability of producing green H2 on a large scale can be achieved.
In this way, legal clarity can be quickly created for the potential buyers of green hydrogen. RED II provides, among other things, that green H2 can be taken into account in the renewable energy targets for the transport sector when used to generate fuels. These and other provisions of RED II must be the starting point for creating incentives for the increased use of green hydrogen in the transport sector.
Particularly in view of the measures planned by the German government to price CO2 emissions, it is of great importance that companies also gain tangible benefits from using green H2. Certificates of origin that can be credited and traded make this possible and create a strong incentive.
Currently there are two tradable gas qualities, L-gas (natural gas with low calorific value) and H-gas (natural gas with higher calorific value). H2 should be established as a third, tradable gas quality. To this end, the existing gas market regulations should be supplemented in detail where necessary to make the most efficient use of the framework already created.
The DVGW Code of Practice sets the technical standards for the safe operation of the plants. On the basis of existing experience, the additional gas quality H2 must also be taken into account in the rules and regulations, and a standard must be set for the safe conversion of explicit lines. The DVGW is already working on these issues.
For the scenario framework of the coming NEP gas, numerous hydrogen requirements have already been reported by the market. These should be allowed to be taken into account in the planning and thus become part of the basis for the subsequent binding confirmation of network expansion measures, including for pure hydrogen pipelines.

National Hydrogen Strategy for Germany

On June 10, 2020, the German government passed the long-awaited National Hydrogen Strategy. The document addresses many of the demands listed above and lays important foundations for the creation of a future-oriented hydrogen economy in Germany. Hydrogen Strategy for download as PDF (German).