A clean, secure and affordable energy supply is essential for all our lives. The energy transition – which reflects the efforts undertaken and results achieved on renewable energy expansion and energy efficiency – is the basis for this. By adopting the 2030 Climate Action Plan, the German Federal Government has paved the way for meeting its climate targets for 2030. Its long-term goal is to achieve carbon neutrality in line with the targets agreed under the Paris Agreement, which seeks to keep the goal of staying below 1.5 degrees within reach. In addition, Germany has committed itself, together with the other European Member States, to achieving greenhouse gas (GHG) neutrality by 2050. In particular, this means preventing emissions which are particularly hard to reduce such as process-related GHG emissions from the industrial sector.

In order for the energy transition to be successful, security of supply, affordability and environmental compatibility need to be combined with innovative and smart climate action. This means that the fossil fuels we are currently using need to be replaced by alternative, renewable and sustainable options. This applies in particular to gaseous and liquid energy sources, which will continue to be an integral part of Germany’s energy supply. Hydrogen will play a central role in the further development and completion of the energy transition. In this context, green hydrogen and derivatives based on green hydrogen (i.e. power-to-x or PtX products) such as ammonia, methanol and SAF (renewable electricity based), are regarded as sustainable solutions.

If it is to cover its future demand for green hydrogen and green PtX products, Germany will have to import a substantial proportion of its overall needs. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action will implement the H2Global funding concept from 2022 in order to ramp up the imports more quickly. As the first auctions are designed, it is necessary to have as precise as possible an understanding of the short-term potential availability of and demand for green PtX products.

To this end, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action was holding an international consultation of market players.

The virtual event took place on 13 July 2022. Interested stakeholders were invited to join the event. The event was recorded, so every interested party can follow up on the information given. The recording is available here along with presentations from the event and an agenda.

We would like to invite you to comment on the process and the criteria presented in writing until 10th August 2022 by emailing [email protected]. Please use the same email address to send us any questions you may have. We will collect the questions and comments and will respond shortly publicly on this website (without reference to the person/institution submitting the question/ comment).

Specifically, we would like to ask you to inform us if you plan to take part in this first H2Global tendering process (this information would be non-binding!) or – if that is the case – to let us know if there is anything in the planned process/criteria that would prevent you from doing so.