EUROPEAN COMMISSION

 

ARE EU COMMISSION POLICIES LEGAL UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW?

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The 'European Alliance' is not strictly speaking European, where a number of countries in Europe are included, but one excluded. What they really mean is the European Union and potential EU candidates, excluding others in Europe who do not cotton to all of the EU rules and regulations, or have upset those in power within the EU.

 

 

 

Just as we thought the remnants of both World Wars were firmly put to bed with the United Nations' COP 21 Paris Agreement and Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs): 7 (affordable clean energy), 10 (reduced inequalities), 11 (sustainable cities & communities), 13 (climate action), 17 (partnerships for the goals), the policy makers in the European Union appear to have initiated a new period of Cold War, stemming from the ashes of Brexit perhaps, with the deliberate exclusion from the so-called 'European' Clean Hydrogen Alliance (ECHA).

 

The name of this association is not accurate and may need to be changed in our view, to avoid any potential disadvantaging and commercial inequality, where discrimination is of course unlawful under EU law, via the European Convention on Human Rights, and Universal Declaration. We would argue that this Alliance, given its political nature, must comply with HR law - and seek to promote the SDGs free of discrimination. Hence, the administrators may want to think about a name change to reflect the intentional (and it is alleged, calculated) exclusion of the UK, and yet still claim to be 'European.' That said, this may be an administrative (compliance) error that we will be seeking clarification on at a high level.

 

If the UK is to be excluded, the name should be: European Union Clean Hydrogen Alliance, or EU Clean Hydrogen Alliance. What do you think?

 

EU PROPOSAL TO SET UP A CLEAN HYDROGEN PARTNERSHIP FOR EUROPE

The European Commission presented on 23 February 2021 its proposal to set-up 10 new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition.

Among these, the Clean Hydrogen Partnership will be building on the work of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, to accelerate the development and deployment of a European value chain for clean hydrogen technologies. It will focus on producing, distributing and storing clean hydrogen and, on supplying sectors that are hard to decarbonise, such as heavy industries and heavy-duty transport applications.

Together with the Hydrogen Alliance, the partnership will contribute to the achievement of the Union’s objectives put forward in the Green Deal and, more specifically, in the EU hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe.

“We welcome the proposal of the European Commission to set up the Clean Hydrogen Partnership. This initiative is a clear evidence of the success of the FCH JU, which managed to put Europe in a leadership position in FCH technologies such as electrolysis and supported the development of integrated hydrogen ecosystems (“hydrogen valleys”) in various European regions. We will continue to work relentlessly to develop and promote hydrogen technologies in Europe, realising their full potential in achieving carbon-clean energy systems and ultimately a climate-neutral Europe. We are happy to be shaping together with the other partnerships the future of a green and competitive European economy”, said Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director.

Since its setup in 2008, the FCH JU has funded 285 research and demonstration projects, with an overall budget of over €1 billion Euros.

The Commission’s proposal for a Regulation, the Single Basic Act, will be adopted by the Council of the European Union, following consultation with the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee.

 

 

EU MEMBERS: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic (Czechia), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

 

OTHERS ALLOWED: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey,
Ukraine.

 

EXCLUDED: United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLISHED - CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE EUROPEAN CLEAN H2 ALLIANCE

The objective of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (‘the Alliance’) is to identify and build up a pipeline of viable investment projects along the hydrogen value chain with a view to shift away from fossil fuels, create a clean hydrogen market and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Alliance aims at an investment agenda for an ambitious deployment of renewable and, during a transition period, low-carbon hydrogen technologies and solutions until 2030.

 

To this end, the Alliance engages all stakeholders in the hydrogen value chain, including Member States, industrial actors, NGOs, trade unions, civil society, innovators, research and technology organisations and investors. It is open to all stakeholders who want to engage and contribute to the deployment of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen in terms of supply, demand and distribution, as well as those who will use renewable and low-carbon hydrogen to decarbonise industrial processes and economic sectors as a whole.

 

The below criteria for membership in the Alliance reflect this objective. The purpose of the criteria is to ensure that all members of the Alliance contribute to its above objectives. Only stakeholders that can credibly explain their ongoing or concretely envisaged activities in the hydrogen value chain are accepted.

 

Type of activity:

 

The following are not admitted as members:

 

 Media, journals and publishing companies;
 Academia, where they do not have significant involvement in hydrogen (e.g. own labs, etc.);
 Companies that de facto are sales offices for companies situated outside the accepted countries;
 Consultancies and legal offices (even if representing a project or company that is involved in the hydrogen value chain);
 Individual physical persons.

 

Associations, investors and other stakeholders are assessed on an individual basis, considering all aspects of their contribution.

 

Geographic origin: Stakeholders with their legal establishment in one of the following geographic areas can become members of the Alliance:

 

 EU Member States;
 Members of the EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland);
 Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia);
 Turkey;
 Eastern Neighborhood (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

 

Applications from other third countries including the United Kingdom are not accepted.

 

 

 

HYDROGEN MOBILITY EUROPE (H2ME) PHASE 1 - EMERGING CONCLUSIONS 14 JAN 2021

The H2ME initiative is a flagship European project, deploying hundreds of fuel cell hydrogen cars, vans and trucks and the associated refuelling infrastructure, across 8 countries in Europe. It will create the first truly pan-European network, and the world’s largest network of hydrogen refuelling stations. Rather strangely, although the United Kingdom is included in the H2ME project, the country is specifically excluded from the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, following Brexit. It's almost as though the wartime enemies, France and Germany, have clubbed together in some kind of hydrogen cold war, contrary to the express provisions of the Paris Agreement and United Nations SDGs. As you can see from the map, Germany is leading the charge in hydrogen service stations.

 

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic (Czechia), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.



 

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE - Please note that links change with time & may not still be live

 

https://h2me.eu/
https://h2me.eu/publications/emerging-conclusions-2021-h2me-phase-1/

 

 

 

 

 

In 2018 Theresa May kicked the ball into touch with her plan for a cleaner Britain and sustainable motoring, without giving details, so attracting some criticism. Since then, from 2030 the Conservative government has banned the sale of diesel and petrol cars from 2030, with a requirement for zero emission vehicles by 2035. 

 

 

 

 

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