Hydrogen Mobility Ireland launches white paper including policy recommendations

May 24, 2023 |

In Ireland, a new white paper prepared by leading representative body Hydrogen Mobility Ireland (HMI), has issued a number of recommendations on how the deployment of hydrogen across transport could propel Ireland’s transition to net-zero in both transport and the wider economy. The publication follows the Government’s decision to open a public consultation on the development of a national strategy for green hydrogen – a move which HMI has welcomed.

Included among the key findings of the White Paper;

Hydrogen has the capacity to fully eliminate CO2 emissions from heavy goods vehicles

The production of green hydrogen will diversify Ireland’s energy supply, providing enhanced security

Thousands of secure, clean energy jobs can be created through producing hydrogen at scale

The deployment of hydrogen across transport will reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions by 2.6% by 2030

Development of hydrogen at scale will attract considerable Foreign Direct Investment and solidify the country’s status as a hub for renewable energy

While the White Paper offers medium and long-term recommendations to Government, it focuses largely on the pressing need to deploy a national hydrogen strategy – a point which has been recognised and acknowledged by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, owing to its decision to open a public consultation on the issue, earlier this month. Given that Ireland will be legally mandated to advance a network of hydrogen refuelling stations along its major motorways as per forthcoming EU legislation, the time for action and implementation is now. HMI has welcomed Government’s proactivity, noting that the representative body is looking forward to working in tandem with its board members, industry partners and other stakeholders, to feed into the public consultation.

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