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Addressing a press conference, Executive vice president of the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans said the strategies adopted today would bolster the European Green Deal and the green recovery, and put the bloc firmly on the path of decarbonising its economy by 2050. The new hydrogen economy, he added, could be a growth engine to help overcome the economic damage caused by COVID-19.

To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75 percent of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions

The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen are set to pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.

The energy system integration strategy presents a vision of integrating energy systems in an effort to boost the use of clean energy and climate-neutral economies while at the same time, strengthening energy security, protecting health and the environment and promoting growth and enhancing EU industrial leadership at a global level.

The clean hydrogen strategy focuses on renewable energy sources, or clean hydrogen as opposed to hydrogen obtained from fossil fuels. Clean hydrogen has the greatest potential to decarbonise industrial processes and it is essential in supporting the EU's commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Source: HRT