European regions and cities to enable market entry of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies

On the occasion of the FCH JU Stakeholder Forum which took place in Brussels on the 23 November 2016: more than 20 representatives of European cities and regions gathered to highlight their willingness to integrate fuel cells and hydrogen into their path towards decarbonisation.  This took shape through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in the presence of the President of the European Committee of the Regions Mr Markku Markkula.

Welcoming this initiative, the President of the European Committee of the Regions, stated:  "This initiative goes to show that regions and cities are ready to forge ahead in transforming Europe's energy system making it safer, more secure, reliable and clean.  Building a sustainable green economy needs smart investment, innovative thinking and collaboration across every sector.  Cities and regions can co-create the right conditions locally, raise awareness and power public-private partnerships to make the change we need".

This event sits on a recent action of the FCH JU to involve regions and cities in examining how FCH technologies will become part of their future plans. To date, 45 European cities and regions have committed to participating in this initiative through the signature of the MoU, and more are expected to come.

Local authorities are key players to help unblocking some of the remaining barriers to the commercialisation of FCH technologies.

As they are implementing increasingly ambitious plans for decarbonisation and therefore are looking for technology solutions that will support them on this path, the great potential of FCH technologies as innovative solutions is getting stronger acknowledgment.

The initiative will also involve industrial players to establish business cases and future steps. This will stimulate further exchange between public and private actors in a unified platform set up by the FCH JU.