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The EU's Hydrogen Strategy and its implementation in Belgium

Growing interest in green hydrogen as a zero-carbon fuel for the future has highlighted the need for a steady legal framework to support the development of this form of energy.

An increasing number of businesses and policymakers are pinning their hopes on green hydrogen as a means of reconciling the EU's climate change objectives with its economic recovery goals. 

In Belgium, recent initiatives such as the Hyoffwind and Hyport projects aim to develop industrial-scale electrolysers in Zeebrugge and Ostend to valorise excess electricity production from offshore windfarms.

In the south of the country, the HaYport project aims to equip Li├Ęge Airport with facilities for the production, distribution and use of green hydrogen to fuel its fleet of vehicles and, ultimately all hydrogen vehicles transiting through the airport and its vicinity. 

In spite of these business initiatives, large-scale development of green hydrogen requires a steadier, more dedicated legal framework than currently exists in Belgium.

In our paper, "Selected legal issues on the EU Hydrogen Strategy and its implementation in Belgium", energy and utility specialists from the competition, regulatory and trade team at Fieldfisher Brussels examine how the EU is making green hydrogen a cornerstone of both its Green Deal and its economic recovery agenda.

We also look at Belgium's ambitious hydrogen projects and contemplate the need for an inter-federal strategic vision and dedicated regional regulatory frameworks to enable the country to become a leader in Europe's hydrogen sector.

Download the white paper: Selected legal issues on the EU Hydrogen Strategy and its implementation in Belgium

This white paper has been written by David Haverbeke, Wouter Vandorpe and Samuel Verschraegen. Do not hesitate to contact us for further discussion.