The development of a renewable hydrogen ecosystem is a key priority in order to achieve the aims of the European Green Deal. In addition, coordinated action between the public and private sectors is needed at EU level. In this regard, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies have significant potential to enable the transition to a clean, low-carbon energy system and sustainable mobility. Therefore, conscious of the considerable potential of hydrogen technologies for electro-mobility, some territories (e.g. The European Hydrogen Valleys Partnership) and economic stakeholders (the FCH JU) have already begun making efforts to develop hydrogen and fuel cells in European regions.
At this point, it is important to show other regions that are less advanced in hydrogen-based mobility, the progress that some European regions have made in developing regional policy frameworks for the market development of alternative fuels and their infrastructure and common technical specifications for recharging and refuelling stations.
A good example is the Interreg Europe Project Smart Hy-Aware. This project aims to promote hydrogen-electric mobility by tackling the main infrastructural, technological and market uptake barriers in this area. It does so through the improvement of political instruments linked to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), addressing the transition to a low-carbon economy. The workshop will present interim results from relevant feasibility studies, interregional cooperation, exchanges of experience, capacity building and policy development in hydrogen-electric mobility.