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Environmental Policy

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 24 March 2021

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Ceisteanna (229)

Dara Calleary

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229. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the work he has carried out since taking office to implement a green hydrogen strategy; his views on whether enough attention and importance is being paid to this area in order to exploit its potential benefits; his work plan for the next three months in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14458/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

The Programme for Government sets out the need for research and development of hydrogen from renewable sources, known as ‘green hydrogen’, for use as a fuel for power generation, manufacturing, energy storage and transport.

In July 2020, the European Commission published a hydrogen strategy for a carbon-neutral Europe. Ireland welcomed the hydrogen strategy, including the need to support the deployment of green hydrogen in line with the Programme for Government. Ireland also supported the publication of the Council Conclusions on a hydrogen market for Europe in October 2020. In the development of these conclusions, Ireland strongly supported the need to focus on green hydrogen.

My Department is working with relevant Departments, agencies and stakeholders to inform Ireland's future policies in relation to green hydrogen. The role of green hydrogen, and actions needed for its development, are being considered as part of the development of the next Climate Action Plan which is currently underway.

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