The 8th General Assembly of FCH JU's Regions and Cities Initiative concludes in Brussels

More than 70 representatives of local and regional authorities, industry and policy makers attended the 8th General Assembly of the Regions and Cities Initiative, which took place today, 9 October 2018 at the FCH JU's premises in Brussels. 

Critical time for regions and cities 

With applications ranging from transport to energy storage on the cusp of commercialisation across Europe, and ‘green’ hydrogen, produced from renewable energy, showing huge potential for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, hydrogen could become an integral part of local and regional authorities’ decarbonisation plans.

Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director, welcomed the participants and underlined that this is a critical time for the regions and cities to come forward and accelerate their plans for investing in and deploying the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen technologies, which can help them realise their emission reduction targets and improve local air quality. 

"Fuel Cells and Hydrogen for Green Energy in European Cities and Regions"

The event was an opportunity to present the newest FCH JU study: "Fuel Cells and Hydrogen for Green Energy in European Cities and Regions", which shows among others that: 

  • European regions and cities need to take action now to realise their emission reduction targets and improve local air quality. 
  • Investing in fuel cell and hydrogen technology pays off for cities and regions, as it provides a mature, safe and competitive zero-emission solution for all their energy needs.
  • Regions and cities can benefit from investing in hydrogen and fuel cells not only in environmental terms, but also by stimulating local economic growth and creating attractive places to live, work and visit.
  • The Regions and Cities Initiative provides a unique opportunity to benefit from existing knowledge, draw on project development support and financing assistance to realise own FCH deployment projects.
  • To enable the realisation of the envisaged FCH deployment plans of the regions and cities continued support will be required for individual projects as well as the coalition at large.

During the event were showcased various projects which make a difference by bringing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen technology closer to the citizens - at local and regional level. In addition, funding and financing instruments and opportunities were presented by the FCH JU Programme Office.