Clarification on compliance with CertifHy Green Hydrogen criteria for FCH JU projects

As of 2016 certain FCH JU projects are required to prove that they are using or producing Green/Low Carbon hydrogen, by complying with criteria developed by the FCH JU CertifHy project.

At the request of many FCH JU stakeholders, the CertifHy consortium prepared an overview on how this compliance can be demonstrated.

How do I know if my FCH JU project meets the CertifHy criteria?

The average carbon footprint of the hydrogen consumed in the project needs to be less than 91 g CO2/MJ. To be called Green Hydrogen, the hydrogen needs to be produced from renewable energy sources and have a carbon footprint that is below 36.4 g CO2equ/MJLHV. Low-Carbon Hydrogen is hydrogen produced from non-renewable energy with a carbon footprint lower than 36.4 g CO2/MJ. Grey Hydrogen is hydrogen produced with emissions higher than 36.4 g CO2/MJ, be it from renewable or non-renewable sources. Check using  the chart below if your project is compliant with the CertifHy  criteria.


The following FCH JU projects have to fulfil the CertifHy  criteria.


Ongoing projects


Demonstration of large-scale rapid response electrolysis to provide grid services and to supply hydrogen markets


Demonstration of large electrolyser for bulk renewable hydrogen production

Large scale demonstration of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) road vehicles operated in the fleet(s)

Upcoming projects


Large scale demonstration of H2 fuelled HD trucks with high capacity Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS)

Demonstration of a large-scale (min.20 MW) electrolyser for converting renewable energy to hydrogen

Demonstration of a large-scale steam electrolyser system in industrial markets


There are two ways to show that the CertifHy criteria are met:

i) purchase of Green/Low-Carbon H2 GOs that will be made available soon via the CertifHy platform or

ii) demonstrate that the renewable content and associated GHG emission of the hydrogen used are in accordance with the CertifHy rules. For more information about the FCH JU compliance conditions  with CertifHy click here.

For more information on the CertifHy project visit the page