A new hydrogen initiative encompassing Central European and Baltic States has launched the start of its efforts to foster a robust hydrogen economy in the regions after signing an official term sheet agreement at the recently concluded Hyvolution Paris event, which took place last month.
The document outlines the foundational operating principles, goals and the organisation structure of 3S and symbolises the start of the Council’s activities.
Signed by representatives of Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Ukraine, the initiative aims to explore and leverage synergies for a zero-emission economy, with hydrogen as its crucial element.
Tomoho Umeda, Vice President of the Hydrogen Poland Association, alluded to the ‘state of war’ in the region, adding, “Nothing will ever be the same again. Therefore, it becomes crucial to rethink and restructure the development path of our entire region. This is one of the main reasons why we have decided to unite and join our forces in the 3S.”
The creation of 3S was announced last year during the H2Poland hydrogen technology forum. According to the Council, the new initiative expresses in concrete terms its objectives and agenda.
“The 3Seas Hydrogen Council will be committed to the creation of specialised discussion platforms, which will be dedicated to examining key developments in European legislation and national policies that affect the hydrogen sector,” said Veronika Vohlídková, Member of the Board & Executive Director in HYTEP.
She emphasised the need to evaluate the current funding levels within the EU, particularly in light of the varied climate conditions across its member states.
“Additionally, I want to underscore the importance of strengthening training, educational initiatives, and scientific collaboration in the field of hydrogen technologies.”
The Council also highlights the significance of including Ukrainian organisations in the alliance, marking a step towards integrating the country into the European Community.
“Promoting cross-border initiatives and knowledge exchange will be instrumental in realising the full potential of hydrogen,” said Oleksandr Riepkin, Member of the Board of the Ukrainian Hydrogen Council.
“By taking these steps, the Council can play a pivotal role in advancing the transition towards a cleaner, greener future.”