The Basque Hydrogen Corridor, a model project
At a European level, the Basque Country has taken a leading role on the topic of energy transition as part of the decarbonisation of the European economy by setting up the "Basque Hydrogen Corridor", one of the key elements of the Basque energy strategy for the next two decades.
Our Basque MEP Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (EAJ-PNV) believes that the ambitious realism with which the "Basque Hydrogen Corridor" has been designed is fully in line with European plans for a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050: "The necessary energy transition needs a realistic approach to succeed, but also ambition, so that the impetus of European funds helps to ensure that this transition always opts for efficiency, prioritises decarbonisation and minimises the social costs of the process."
Monday's joint debate on the role of the energy transition in decarbonising the economy during the plenary session defined the European Parliament's position and set out in black and white the Parliament's contributions to the strategy prepared by the European Commission.
Izaskun Bilbao stressed the importance of having a homogeneous definition of hydrogen throughout Europe depending on the origin of the energy used to produce it. MEP Bilbao Barandica is in favour of using this energy source in a first phase to apply it in sectors where "today it is already almost profitable and where it is more difficult to initiate decarbonisation by other means".
Finally, the MEP highlighted one of the strong points of the Corridor project, namely that "it is being developed in an ecosystem where there is already a good technical level, where there are technological and training centres that already include hydrogen in their work catalogues and a vocational training system that is leading in Europe both for its flexibility and its capacity to adapt to new developments in the labour market and for its connection with the EU's vocational training system".
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