Finland adopts hydrogen resolution

Finland’s government has adopted a resolution on hydrogen in which it describes the countries’ objectives regarding hydrogen and the measures to promote them.

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According to the government, Finland’s goal is to become the European leader in the hydrogen economy in the entire value chain, and it has the capacity to produce at least 10% of the EU’s emissions-free hydrogen in 2030.

The government said Finland’s competitive advantages include predictability of the operating environment, seamless permit procedures, and land use planning. It also emphasised that the promotion of the hydrogen economy requires a sufficient amount of skilled labour and that ensuring safety is an integral part of the development and use of new hydrogen technologies.

The resolution is based on a government policy adopted in the government budget session in autumn 2021, according to which a national hydrogen strategy and a subsequent government resolution will be prepared as part of the climate and energy strategy, and it supports the ongoing strategy work of the hydrogen cluster consisting of companies.

Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä said: “Hydrogen is currently the most significant driver of industrial change, both in Finland and abroad. The confirmed objective will consolidate Finland’s position in the hydrogen economy globally and provide support to Finnish operators and investments in the hydrogen sector.”

We want to manufacture hydrogen and electrofuels for the needs of the Finnish industry, transport, and energy system, above all. Hydrogen also supports industrial renewal and the growth of exports with high value added.”

“Clean, reliable and affordable electricity is Finland’s strength in the hydrogen economy. Growing electricity production also means we need to construct new transmission lines, and in this regard, the fair treatment of landowners is very important.”

Currently, Finland has many ongoing hydrogen projects, including a hydrogen valley project BalticSeaH2 between Finland and Estonia.

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