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Wednesday 29 Jul 2020 / Gerelateerde tags: Innovation Green Deal Rhine 

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The European Green Deal in action is demonstrated by public-private partnerships that create synergies between new clean energy networks and transport corridors.

The Rhine links up the chemical industry and hydrogen to support decarbonisation of inland shipping and beyond. The Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence (RH2INE), endorsed by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, is an initiative of the Province of Zuid-Holland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia.

RH2INE is taking the first step towards a zero-emission transport corridor by developing the right conditions and infrastructure for the use of hydrogen for the inland transport chain e.g. inland shipping, freight transportation by road and rail for the last mile.

It aims to realise market-ready hydrogen applications along one of EU’s oldest core network corridors, powered by the first sustainable and interoperable gas and electricity networks in the world, and will stimulate a targeted structural demand for hydrogen in the mobility sector, aligned with a sustainable hydrogen supply network.

The transition towards a zero-emission transport sector will accelerate a new and vast flourishing sustainable economy alongside the Rhine-Alpine corridor and an improved quality of life for the people living and working alongside it.

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