Strong pan- European interest in fuel cells and hydrogen

81 Regions and Cities from 20 European countries show a strong pan-European interest in pursuing concrete Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) projects and exploring related financing options, according to the results of the survey launched by Roland Berger under the FCH Regions Initiative.

The strongest drivers for pursuing these applications are industrial innovation, development and additional employment opportunities in the region, with 32% of the regions having already a dedicated FCH strategy in place, as part of their political agenda. In this regard, Nordic and Central Europe regions exhibit the highest levels of experience.

FCH Regions is an initiative launched by the FCH2 JU on the occasion of its annual Stakeholder Forum held on 23 November 2016. On this occasion representatives from 17 regions and cities signed a Memorandum of Understanding to show commitment and interest in these technologies, endorsed by the President of the Committee of the Regions who was also present.  Since that time, interest in the initiative has increased substantially and, to date, participation through signature of the MoU has been confirmed by 81 regional and local public authorities representing 20 countries in Europe.

This commitment to work with regions and cities is currently implemented with a dedicated study performed by Roland Berger Consultants.

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