Hydrogen is a source of sustainable energy that is vital to a climate-neutral power supply.
A great deal of work to promote the use of hydrogen as an energy source has already been done:
- Dutch regions have created plans;
- Hydrogen is featured in the plans of all industrial clusters;
- A tank infrastructure has been set up;
- Projects have been set up in the built environment;
- Stakeholders, from Greenpeace to Air Liquide, have come together to form a hydrogen coalition.
Many other projects are being planned. Some of them involve major international corporations that see the Netherlands as a world leader, such as Engie and Equinor.
The Netherlands is in a strong position when it comes to energy issues. This is because the country has:
- a highly developed gas infrastructure;
- a large chemical industry that already uses a large amount of hydrogen;
- great potential for offshore wind energy;
- a strong manufacturing industry;
- major ports and transport routes.
International developments in this field are moving at a rapid pace. The hydrogen report published in June 2019 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) makes this clear. The report was presented during the G20 summit in Japan. The report shows strong indications that a global market for sustainable hydrogen can be established. Its conclusion is that hydrogen's potential use as an energy source is hugely promising for a successful energy transition and a strong Dutch economy. It also states that hydrogen technology could potentially become a major export product for the Netherlands.
The FME hydrogen report outlines the international opportunities that hydrogen offers for the Dutch business sector. This report was commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and presented in October 2019.