How green is hydrogen? That’s the question the European Commission needs to resolve as it resumes talks on renewable energy targets. At issue is whether or not hydrogen derived from nuclear power can be designated as “renewable.” France – heavily reliant on atomic energy – has been lobbying in favor of that. But Germany and Spain oppose it. The French government is especially angry about this because is says it approved plans for a hydrogen pipeline between Spain and France on the basis that its hydrogen would get the renewable label. It’s important because classifications of this kind can affect the eligibility for state aid.
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