Webinar | The green hydrogen illusion

Thursday 14 September 2023 
17:30 – 19:00 

Participation is free of charge. Please register here to participate. 

Under the European Climate Act, the EU has committed to the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, with renewable hydrogen playing a key role in achieving this goal.    

The gas and fossil fuel industry has been heavily involved in shaping European energy, industry and climate policies, pushing hydrogen as the ‘new solution’ for decarbonising Europe. A powerful, strong and structured lobby, it is in pole position to access European Recovery Plan and European Green Deal funding to modify existing pipelines and equip them to transport hydrogen. But what is behind the hydrogen chimera?  Is the green hydrogen supply chain sustainable?   

In the first of this webinar series, we will present the technical limits of this ‘new solution’, with an overview of the public funding sources that will flow directly to fossil companies to feed the hydrogen bubble. We will try to show how hydrogen is currently only an alibi for maintaining a society that revolves around the use of methane. 


Prof. Leonardo Setti, Universita di Bologna: Why large-scale Green hydrogen is not sustainable 

Filippo Taglieri, Researcher and energy and infrastructure campaigner, ReCommon: Green hydrogen in the Italian Resilience and Recovery plan 

Bruna Cañada, Researcher, Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (ODG): Green hydrogen in the Spanish Recovery, Transformation and Resilience plan    

Moderator: Eva Pastorelli, CEE Bankwatch Network 

This webinar is organized in collaboration with Observatori del Deute en la Globalització within the “Citizens’ Observatory for Green Deal Financing” project, financed by European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), and it’s the first in a series that will continue over the coming months. 

Participation is free of charge. Please register here to participate. 

English and Spanish simultaneous translation will be provided. 

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