The port of Rotterdam and the cluster of companies operating here can supply north western Europe with 4.6 million tonnes of hydrogen annually by 2030, it has been revealed.
The consumption of 4.6 million tonnes of hydrogen yields 46 million tonnes of CO2 reduction, and it increases Europe’s energy independence.
This hydrogen amount is the total the Port of Rotterdam Authority has come up with on the basis of specific projects and realistic plans, which companies and exporting countries are now working on.
The port authority said the plans and projects represented a concrete implementation of the heightened European ambition - within the context of REPowerEU, a fourfold increase is envisioned in the production and import of hydrogen compared to the ‘Fit for 55’ package (from 5.6Mt to 20Mt).
This hydrogen could then be used as fuel and feedstock for transport and industry.
“Using sustainable hydrogen substantially contributes to the European objectives of reducing climate change and increasing Europe’s energy independence. With the production and import of renewable and low carbon hydrogen we build a sustainable future,” said Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Hydrogen is an alternative for oil and natural gas as energy and as raw material. Many companies are working on projects to produce hydrogen in north western Europe. Hydrogen made in Latin America or Australia can be shipped to Rotterdam efficiently and on a large scale, processed there, and then be transported to the hinterland.
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