Bloomberg Law
Jan. 31, 2023, 5:37 PM

EU States Deadlocked Over ‘Low Carbon’ Hydrogen in EU Transition

John Ainger
John Ainger
Bloomberg Editorial

The European Union’s push to scale up renewables in its bid to reach carbon neutrality by the middle of the century has become bogged down by a debate over hydrogen’s role in the transition.

France and eight other EU member states are calling for the European Commission to include hydrogen made by so-called “low carbon” technologies, like nuclear, in the bloc’s Renewable Energy Directive, according to a letter from economy and energy ministers to the bloc’s executive branch, seen by Bloomberg. The term is also seen as including hydrogen produced by gas with the emissions captured, in addition to renewable ...