Teresa Ribera, third vice president of the Government and minister for the ecological transition and the demographic challenge, has announced that the future submarine of the hydrogen corridor, H2Med, is not in danger despite the disagreements that exist with France on the correct regulation of hydrogen green to europeans
During the signing of a memorandum of understanding with his Dutch counterpart at the International Renewable Energy Conference (Spirec 23), Ribera rejected this Monday that the future green hydrogen submarine corridor is in danger, since there is a “very high” consensus. at European level on the importance of interconnections.
However, it has recognized discrepancies with the neighboring country on what to consider as green hydrogen, after the European Commission published a few days ago two “delegated acts” that define under what conditions this can be considered as a renewable fuel.
In this sense, the Brussels document opens the door for hydrogen produced through nuclear energy to be considered green, as defended by France and seven other Member States, contrary to what Spain maintains, which considers that the only green hydrogen It is one that is produced with renewables.
Asked about the Commission’s position, Ribera explained that they are analyzing the details, although she warns of the need to clearly differentiate what is renewable hydrogen from what is not. “In our opinion, it is preferable to be clear with respect to hydrogen labels. We do not want it to be confused and that any type of misunderstanding in the regulation can be generated,” Ribera declared.
Likewise, the vice-president considers that the important debate involves “ensuring that France can feel comfortable in its position in favor of nuclear”, which is a priority for the French government on which it is not willing to cede, showing the importance that has this energy in the new European pacts on renewables.