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
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.
ALLOWED: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia,
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway,
Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey,
EXCLUDED: United Kingdom
- 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;
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;
Applications from other third countries including the United Kingdom are not accepted.
HYDROGEN MOBILITY EUROPE (H2ME) PHASE 1 - EMERGING CONCLUSIONS
14 JAN 2021
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.
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