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Finland joins the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance – the objective is to mitigate climate change and increase industrial competitiveness

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 17.12.2020 16.23 | Published in English on 22.12.2020 at 12.46
Press release

Finland has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. The objective is to accelerate the industrial transformation towards the production and use of clean hydrogen as well as the development of new uses for hydrogen. This will contribute to Finland’s efforts to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2035.

Finland signed a declaration on the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, which includes 21 other EU Member States and Norway, on 17 December 2020. In practice, the project will give Finnish companies an even better opportunity to participate in the creation of the European hydrogen economy.

The EU is building a role for hydrogen in the industrial transformation

The Declaration supports the establishment of the so-called IPCEI project around the hydrogen economy and defines the framework for the project. The project is part of the implementation of the European Commission's hydrogen strategy. IPCEI is short for Important Project of Common European Interest. IPCEIs are governed by a separate State aid framework that enables more flexible State support for enterprises. Finland will submit a State aid notification to the European Commission regarding the terms of funding at a later time.

The signatories to the Declaration of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance are committed to creating a European hydrogen economy. The declaration has been signed by 23 countries. In addition to Finland, they include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

“We will be at the forefront among European countries with regard to the renewal of industry. Making the right choices also calls for significant investments in research and development. The projects in this area will increase employment and competitiveness and, most importantly, accelerate the shift towards low-emission industry and transport,” says State Secretary Kimmo Tiilikainen, who signed the Declaration of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance on behalf of the Minister of Economic Affairs.

Hydrogen supports the transition to a carbon-neutral society

The pursuit of carbon neutrality will revolutionise energy production, industrial processes, housing and transport. Electricity consumption is growing rapidly and large quantities of electricity are produced in regions that have the right natural conditions for the large-scale production of renewable energy.

Electricity can be converted into hydrogen by electrolysers. The use of hydrogen can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the energy sector, the metals industry, the chemical industry, forestry and transport. Hydrogen will be produced with zero emissions and hydrogen can be used in the transmission and storage of large quantities of energy. Hydrogen is also a raw material. Hydrogen can be used in the production of emission-neutral transport fuels for use in areas such as aviation.

In the future, Finland will need hydrogen-related expertise in the management of industrial carbon dioxide emissions. The chemical and cement industries, in particular, require hydrogen to reduce process emissions. Hydrogen is needed in the production of fossil fuels as well as biofuels.

Further information:

Janne Peltola, Special Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 7095
Timo Ritonummi, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 504 4798
Reijo Munther, Head of EU Collaboration, Business Finland, tel. +358 50 557 7827
Markku Kivistö, Head of Industry, Cleantech, Invest In, Business Finland, tel. +358 50 486 2704

European Commission: A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe

European Clean Hydrogen Alliance