Germany Proposes Law to Create Framework for Hydrogen Network

The German government on Wednesday passed a draft law to create a framework for a hydrogen core network scheduled to come online by 2032, as Berlin tries to phase out fossil fuels and become carbon-neutral by 2045. Germany sees hydrogen as a key fuel in order to both create a greener economy and reduce reliance on fuel imports, particularly those from Russia, which dropped last year in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The core network draft law includes the legal basis for plans to connect central hydrogen networks across Germany, to be modeled by long-distance gas network operators in the coming months, the economy ministry said in a statement.

A broad consultation of the public, the federal states and various market stakeholders would take place afterwards, the ministry said.

A comprehensive hydrogen network development plan, which would be based on existing network development processes and energy-intensive companies’ needs, would be ready by the end of the year.

Germany’s gas distribution network with its currently around 1.8 million industrial and commercial consumers must also be integrated into the future hydrogen economy, utility industry association BDEW said on Wednesday.

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