The German National Hydrogen Council [Nationaler Wasserstoffrat, NWR] was appointed by the German government and acts as an independent, non-partisan advisory board. The board consists of 25 high-ranking experts in the fields of economy, science and civil society.
The members of the National Hydrogen Council are experts in the fields of production, research and innovation, industrial decarbonisation, transportation and buildings/heating, infrastructure, international partnerships as well as climate and sustainability. The National Hydrogen Council is chaired by Katherina Reiche, former Parliamentary State Secretary. An overview and further duties of the Hydrogen Council’s members can be found under Members of the German National Hydrogen Council.
The German National Hydrogen Council’s objective is to assist and advise the State Secretaries’ Committee on Hydrogen in the further development and implementation of Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy [Nationale Wasserstoffstrategie, NWS]. The various perspectives from the fields of science, business and civil society are to be put up for discussion, debated and consensus reached among all parties. To organise the work, the council formed work groups tasked with developing positions on each topic. The German National Hydrogen Council’s statements and positions can be downloaded here: Statements and positions [in German].
The German government adopted their National Hydrogen Strategy on 10 June 2020. In the German National Hydrogen Strategy, the German government lays out a framework for the future production, transport, use and re-use of hydrogen and all corresponding innovations and investments. The strategy defines the steps and contributions necessary for achieving climate goals, for the creation of new value chains for the German economy and for further expansion of international cooperation regarding energy policy.
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The German National Hydrogen Strategy [in German]
The German National Hydrogen Strategy
The status of the implementation of the German National Hydrogen Strategy and the achievement of its goals is monitored by the relevant departments’ State Secretaries’ Committee for Hydrogen, which also make decisions about further development and implementation of the strategy. The State Secretaries’ Committee is supported by the German National Hydrogen Council, which advises them by providing suggestions and recommendations for action.
A flexible and results-oriented governance structure was established in order to monitor the implementation and further development of the strategy.