OGE in Europe
As one of the leading transmission system operators in Europe, OGE is committed to the UN Climate Change Treaty of Paris and the EU's energy and climate policy goals.
We are convinced that these goals can only be achieved at European and international level in close cooperation between business, politics and society. Therefore, OGE has the clear claim to be a proactive shaper of a sustainable energy transition at the EU level as well.
With this self-image, we are active at EU level in various ways. This is done within initiatives that OGE has co-founded, by supporting activities of the EU Commission and within the framework of numerous EU-related projects. The focus is primarily on the future role of gas and gas infrastructures and the establishment of a European hydrogen network.
European Hydrogen Backbone
In 2020, OGE, together with ten transmission system operators (TSOs) from nine EU countries, founded the European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) initiative and presented a first concept for a pure, Europe-wide hydrogen transport infrastructure. Today, 31 energy infrastructure operators from 29 countries belong to the EHB.
Over the past two years, the EHB initiative has developed a concrete, tangible and implementable vision of how a Europe-wide, competitive transport infrastructure for hydrogen can be developed based on the existing gas infrastructure.
2021: EHB initiative grows and presents vision
In 2021, the initiative grew to 23 TSOs from 21 countries. They published a further developed vision of the EHB with an approximately 40,000 km long, Europe-wide hydrogen pipeline network. According to the study, about two-thirds of existing gas networks can be used for this.
2021: Hydrogen demand study
A demand analysis by the EHB from the same year shows that hydrogen will play a central role in security of supply and the decarbonisation of various sectors. The analysis also shows that the EHB can link hydrogen supply and demand across Europe in a timely manner, enabling the rapid, cost-effective ramp-up of a European hydrogen economy.
2022: EHB continues to grow and revises vision
In 2022, the EHB initiative grew to 31 TSOs from 29 countries. In April 2022, in response to the EU Commission's REPowerEU strategy, it presented its revised EHB vision of an accelerated pathway to achieve the EU's goals of increased resilience of the European energy system.
Find out more about the EHB initiative and its publications here.
The EHB initiative emerged from the "Gas for Climate" initiative, which OGE was also involved in founding in 2017.
Gas for Climate Initiative
Co-founded in 2017 by OGE and others, Gas for Climate is a coalition of eleven leading European gas transmission companies (DESFA, Enagás, Energinet, Fluxys, Gasunie, GRTgaz, Nordion, ONTRAS, Open Grid Europe, Snam and Teréga) and three renewable gas industry associations (Consorzio Italiano Biogas, European Biogas Association and German Biogas Association).
The members of Gas for Climate are united by the conviction that the use of renewable and low-carbon gas via the existing gas infrastructure makes it possible to achieve the binding climate protection targets cost-effectively and with maximum benefit for the European economy.
In this regard, “Gas for Climate” has conducted several major studies in recent years analyzing the future role and added value of gas and gas infrastructure.
Gas for Climate studies
For example, the “Gas for Climate” study published in March 2019 underlines that the smart combination of renewable gas and gas grids with renewable electricity is the optimal way to decarbonise the energy system in a sustainable way.
A “Gas for Climate” study published April 2020 shows the important role of gas and gas infrastructures for the transition to the most cost-effective climate-neutral energy system by 2050.
Publication of policy paper
Building on the 2020 study, Gas for Climate published a policy paper in 2021 that provides analysis on why an 11% renewable gas target is necessary to achieve the EU's 55% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030.
Action plan for the implementation of the REPowerEU strategy
Most recently, in April 2022, “Gas for Climate” presented an action plan for the rapid implementation of the European Commission's REPowerEU strategy for Europe's rapid independence from Russian gas. It identifies immediate actions to accelerate the deployment and integration of renewable gas in Europe.
European Clean Hydrogen Alliance of the EU Commission
The EU Commission published its EU Hydrogen Strategy in July 2020 and set up the European Alliance for Clean Hydrogen to implement it. Its purpose is to bring together stakeholders from politics, business and society and to support the EU Commission in the implementation of its hydrogen strategy. OGE is represented in the European Alliance for Clean Hydrogen by our CFO, Dr Frank Reiners, at the “Energy Sector” Roundtable and supports the EU Commission with extensive expertise as one of the leading transmission system operators in Europe.
In November 2021, the Alliance presented a "project pipeline" with over 750 innovative hydrogen projects from all parts of the continent and along the entire value chain. In addition, the Alliance acts as an important advisory body on EU energy policy initiatives such as the EU Gas Market Package and REPowerEU.
Learn more about the work of the European Hydrogen Alliance of the EU Commission here.
OGE projects with EU reference
Beyond initiatives and alliances at EU level, OGE is also driving forward concrete projects with a European scope together with internationally positioned partners. The following are examples of this.
For example, within the framework of the GETH2 Nucleus Project, OGE is working together with bp, Evonik, Nowega and RWE Generation on the construction of the first publicly accessible hydrogen infrastructure in Germany, which is also to be connected to the Netherlands.
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In the H2morrow project, OGE is working together with its Norwegian partner Equinor on the production of so-called "blue hydrogen" from natural gas. The CO2 produced during this process is captured and safely stored in Norway.
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Central European Hydrogen Corridor
For the project called “Central European Hydrogen Corridor” OGE cooperates with the transmission system operators EUSTREAM (Slovakia), GTSOU (Ukraine), NET4GAS (Czech Republic). The aim is to implement a "hydrogen transport highway" from promising future supply regions in Ukraine, via Slovakia and the Czech Republic to major demand centres in Germany and the EU.
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As part of the HyDeal project, OGE is working with 30 partners along the entire value chain to offer 100% green hydrogen via the gas transport and storage network across Europe at a price of €1.50/kg by 2030.
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Cooperation with H2 Energy Europe
In addition, OGE has entered into a cooperation with the Swiss company H2 Energy Europe to provide green hydrogen from Denmark for filling stations in Germany. OGE enables the transport of hydrogen from electrolysis to the region of the filling stations via its network.
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