Snam, European leader in gas infrastructure, has together with other European companies in the energy sector signed a declaration aimed at supporting hydrogen and its broad potential as a sustainable technology for decarbonisation and long-term energy security of the European Union. Hydrogen is a form of renewable gas that, like biomethane already in circulation in the Italian network, can be introduced into existing natural gas infrastructures for mobility applications.
The signing took place in the context of the informal meeting of energy ministers convened by the Austrian EU presidency in Linz.
The signatory companies have undertaken to gradually integrate hydrogen into gas transmission networks and to encourage their use as a solution for energy storage, as well as to support the development of hydrogen produced by electrolysis, which can allow more use efficient intermittent renewable energy.
According to the petitioners, this technological solution is able to create synergies between the electricity, heating and mobility sectors, allowing Europe to reduce its dependence on imports and to strengthen its security of supply, especially at light of efforts to contain global warming below 2 ° C, as established by the Paris agreements.
Interesting prospects are recognized to hydrogen also with reference to its use in the transport sector and as a substitute for polluting energy sources in some particularly carbon-intensive industrial sectors.