the hydrogen corridor
In an effort to decarbonise the EU transport system, STRING is in the process of establishing a hydrogen corridor with refuelling stations for hydrogen vehicles all the way from Hamburg to Oslo, enabling long range, heavy-duty road transport with zero emission.
Heavy-duty vehicles are currently responsible for 27% of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Despite EU regulation calling for a 30% reduction by 2030, emissions have continuously been rising since 1990. If we do not act now, the STRING region will not be able to reach its CO2 reduction targets for 2030 and 2050.
Simultaneous, heavy-duty vehicles are a key player in ensuring a competitive trading system that provides the STRING region with exports, jobs and a healthy economy. A reduction of such necessary trade would be detrimental to the economy of the STRING region; therefore, a green transition of heavy-duty vehicles from fossil fuel to new alternative fuels is a cornerstone in building a greener economy.
Hydrogen remains one of the most promising new technologies in this field. The EU plans to invest up to 470 billion euros into hydrogen technology, estimating that hydrogen will create up to 1 million direct related jobs until 2050. This is a window of opportunity for the STRING region to establish itself as a frontrunner and a test bed for hydrogen technology. With concrete initiatives on hydrogen, STRING can reap this enormous potential and make sure that the capital set aside by the EU is invested into our region, playing a crucial role in the green transition of our economy and transport sector.