Written answers

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Energy Policy

Photo of Alan DillonAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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168. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he intends to implement a national hydrogen strategy; if he will provide an update on the working of the interdepartmental working group to generate a hydrogen economy, create jobs, grow, and decarbonise the country. [12694/23]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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In 2022, my Department launched a public consultation to gather views on the potential role of hydrogen in our energy system. A significant number of responses were received which reflects the momentum building behind green hydrogen in Ireland. Work is now underway on drafting the hydrogen strategy for Ireland, with an anticipated completion timeline of Q2 2023.

The Interdepartmental hydrogen group was established in December 2020. The purpose of the working group is to enable the sharing of information between government departments and expert state owned bodies across a wide variety of topics including technology, research, safety and regulation to support the development of EU and national policy in the space. The work group meets typically on a quarterly basis and ad-hoc as required.


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