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Is green hydrogen really carbon-neutral?


Is green hydrogen really carbon-neutral?


As the EU moves away from its dependency on fossil fuel, hydrogen is expected to play a key role in our future energy systems, and for delivering on the aim set out in the European Green Deal of achieving carbon-neutrality in the EU by 2050.

The cleanest option of hydrogen is renewable hydrogen, often referred to as green hydrogen. It is created by putting renewable energy sources like wind and solar power through an electrolyser, and its only by-product is water. Accordingly, its production is almost emission-free, which is why it is the form of production generating the most interest – from policymakers, scientists and investors.

Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss what we know and what we don’t yet know about green hydrogen, and when and how to use hydrogen most effectively to decarbonise Europe.

Supported by:




Sarah Nelen, Deputy Head of EVP Frans Timmermans' Cabinet, European Commission
Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser, DG ENER, European Commission
Henrike Hahn, MEP, Member of ITRE, European Parliament
Keith Whiriskey, Deputy Director, Bellona
Johan Martens, Professor, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven
Denis Thomas, Global Business Development Leader - Electrolyzers, Cummins
Ilissa Ocko, Senior Climate Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund


Brian Maguire, Journalist, EURACTIV


15:00 - 15:05 Welcome
15:05 - 15:20 Panellist statements
15:20 - 16:20 Discussion and Q&A
16:20 - 16:30 Closing statements


Matea Krivanek

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