During the Economic Forum in Karpacz, Deputy Minister Ireneusz Zyska announced the commencement of work on a new hydrogen law. According to the government plenipotentiary for renewable energy, based on the experience in legislative work to date, the preparation of the regulations will take about a year, and the hydrogen law may be discussed by the Sejm and Senate in mid-2022.
According to Deputy Minister Zyska, hydrogen and hydrogen technologies will play an important role in the process of energy transformation, as well as in the process of decarbonising the most important sectors of the economy, especially transport, energy, heating and industry, which will be the largest beneficiary and addressee of hydrogen technologies.
The Deputy Minister of Climate emphasized that both Poland and the whole world are only at the beginning of the technological path to the hydrogen economy, but we are currently the third in the European Union and the fifth producer of hydrogen in the world. We are talking about emission technologies, but the aim is to take into account a greater share of low- and zero-emission technologies in the hydrogen production process, e.g. electrolysis with the use of offshore wind energy in the following years.
Deputy Minister Ireneusz Zyska believes that Poland may remain a leader in Europe and in the world in the production of hydrogen in low- and zero-emission technologies, if it makes good use of this development and intellectual potential. However, everything changes quickly, which is why the so-called hydrogen valleys where experts, scientists and companies try to propose new hydrogen projects. At the moment, it is planned to hydrogenate electric buses and, in addition, there is a train factory in Poznań, which is developing its first hydrogen project. There are plans to see more hydrogen projects in many factories all over Poland.
Michał Piekarski from the Baker McKenzie law firm pointed out, however, that the lack of legal regulations in this area is still the greatest barrier to the development of the hydrogen economy. He emphasized the need for a law that would fully define the method of producing, transporting, storing and using hydrogen in the economy throughout the country, as well as the important role of green hydrogen in creating plans for the future.