The European Commission has already identified hydrogen as a means to destabilise the EU’s reliance on fossil fuels and gas from Russia and thus this cooperation between the two countries could greatly enhance the hydrogen economy.

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With a meeting between Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, the cooperation will strengthen the energy partnership between the two countries and expand its already pre-established oil agreement.

As well as this, the two countries will also jointly plan the use of blue hydrogen for a transition period and ensure environmental and climate integrity by establishing for example the highest possible standards for carbon capture and storage.

By coupling carbon capture and storage with blue hydrogen production it can drastically reduce the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere and support the creation of a green hydrogen market.

Whilst considered an initial partnership in developing the hydrogen supply chain in Europe, it is anticipated that this will be built upon in the future as the hydrogen industry continues to grow.

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