Six Eastern German States Establish “Initiative for Hydrogen in East Germany”


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The six East German states are now making common cause for the establishment of a sustainable hydrogen economy. As a platform for this, the “Initiative for Hydrogen in East Germany” (IWO) was officially launched in Berlin today in the presence of Saxony-Anhalt’s State Secretary for Energy. It is intended to narrowly network politics, business and science in the East on the topic of “Güner Hydrogen” in order to comprehensively tap into its great potential for the energy transition and climate neutrality.

A first step for this was already taken at today’s general meeting: The East German states have agreed to introduce two proposals for decisions on the IWO to the Conference of Ministers of the federal states – on the one hand to further improve the legal framework conditions for the construction of the hydrogen economy and on the other hand to expand the distribution grids for green hydrogen.

Wünsch stressed: “With the founding of the new hydrogen initiative, we are pooling the efforts for this future topic. If the six countries consistently pull together, the East can become the nucleus of a sustainable German hydrogen economy – with great opportunities for sustainable jobs, new value creation and securing our energy-intensive industry on the way to climate neutrality.”

In addition to Saxony-Anhalt, the voters are also Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia and Saxony. In addition, the federal government is a voiceless network member. The board consists of 2024 Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony; the IWO seat is Berlin. Following the general meeting, the further legal steps to form the association and the personnel are now being taken. The up to three employees of the office are to start their work in the summer of 2024 at the “EUREF-Campus”, a model district for climate neutrality and resource conservation in Berlin-Schönefeld.

The East German states finance the IWO with an annual membership fee of 100,000 euros each; in addition, there is a start-up funding of 500,000 euros. The decision to establish the IWO was taken in July 2023 by the MPK-Ost.

Background :

The fact that Saxony-Anhalt could benefit significantly from the development of a climate-neutral hydrogen economy in the coming decades is shown by a current report by the Cologne-based consulting firm r2b energy consulting. The study, which was prepared on behalf of the Ministry of Energy and published in mid-January 2024, predicts around 27,000 additional jobs and an increase in value value of 1.5 billion euros per year through the establishment of production, storage and transport capacities as well as the further expansion of renewable energies by 2045.

The basis for this is the accelerated expansion of renewable energies needed for the production of green hydrogen and the further development of production capacities as well as grid and storage infrastructures. For this purpose, Saxony-Anhalt will consistently promote the expansion of the nationwide hydrogen core network in the state, including the important east-west pipeline between the Mitteldeutsche Chemiedreieck, Magdeburg and the Lower Saxony Salzgitter. In the coming years, the country will invest a good 58 million euros in the construction of the hydrogen infrastructure, with a further 130 million euros coming from the federal government.

All six eastern German states have set up a joint initiative on renewables-based hydrogen. It is intended to closely connect politics, business and science on the fuel “in order to fully utilise its great potential for the energy transition and climate neutrality,” the states said in a press release. Initially, they aim to push progress among all German states to improve the regulatory framework to set up a hydrogen economy, as well as the expansion of distribution grids for green hydrogen. “If the six states consistently work together, the East could become the nucleus of a sustainable German hydrogen economy – with great opportunities for future-proof jobs, new value creation and securing our energy-intensive industry on the path to climate neutrality,” said Saxony-Anhalt’s energy state secretary Thomas Wünsch. The initiative was set up by Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Thuringia.

In the fight against climate change, hydrogen made with renewable electricity is increasingly considered a silver bullet for sectors with particularly stubborn emissions, such as heavy industry and aviation. Germany has set out to become a global leader in the associated hydrogen technologies, and the government has penned a National Hydrogen Strategy to fulfil these ambitions.


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