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The workshop took place on 16 March 2021 and focused on the following topics:
- Overview of hydrogen as an alternative transport fuel: the role of hydrogen fuel in the green transition and mapping of relevant and ongoing joint projects.
- The state of play and perspectives of hydrogen fuel as a game changer for rail, maritime, aviation, and road sectors, and the emerging solutions and technical obstacles to its full exploitation.
- EU position vis-à-vis international partners and competitors.
- Future actions needed to strengthen the path towards the hydrogen economy: project financing and legislative options, including the forthcoming revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive.
The presentations were followed by Q&A session with members whereby, among other subjects, the clean hydrogen option, as well as the need to ensure a fair transition were raised and further elaborated by the experts.
Why commit to hydrogen? A general overview and the challenges for rail transport
Speaker: Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, Belgium
Hydrogen as a potential game changer to decarbonize the lagging shipping sector
Speaker: Laurence Grand-Clément, Chief Executive Officer of Persee, France
Road transport and the use of hydrogen; EU’s international position and future actions for the hydrogen economy
Speaker: Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Belgium
Watch the video of the event (with multilingual interpretation):