Hydrogen: Fuel of the Future?

Germany has set its sights on becoming the global leader in hydrogen technology. 

In May 2021, Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, announced the investment of close to $10 billion dollars in over 60 hydrogen energy projects as part of the National Hydrogen Strategy.1

From trucks to steel works and chemical parks, hydrogen offers a replacement to industry’s dependence on fossil fuels. Additionally, hydrogen could be used instead of natural gas in heating private homes.  

With Europe’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 the transition towards hydrogen energy is a crucial step in reducing emissions. Green hydrogen, using hydrogen made of water electrolysis and electricity from renewable energy sources, would allow for complete independence from fossil fuels in many manufacturing plants. Even blue hydrogen, hydrogen production using natural gases and carbon capture methods, provides a reduction in carbon use for emission-intensive industries.  

What steps are necessary for a swift, effective, and cost-effective transition to hydrogen energy?

Join us on Friday, June 11 at 2 PM EDT for a conversation with the CEO of Westenergie AG, Katherina Reiche, with moderation by Nikos Tsafos, Interim Director with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at CSIS, to hear about the possibilities of hydrogen technology for a climate-neutral future.   

1 Source: https://hydrogen-central.com/germany-invest-10-billion-hydrogen-projects/

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About Katherina Reiche:

Katherina Reiche is CEO of Westenergie AG and Chairperson of the German National Hydrogen Council as well as a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development. She served as Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (2009-2013) and at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (2013-2015).
CEO of Westenergie AG and Chairperson of the German National Hydrogen Council

With moderation by:

Nikos Tsafos is interim director and senior fellow with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In this role, he leads the program’s work on managing the geopolitics of energy and climate change, advancing industrial policies for clean energy, ensuring a just transition for workers and communities, and equipping U.S. foreign policy and the multilateral system to deal with climate change and the energy transition.
Interim Director and Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, CSIS


The web-talk and Q&A will be held online on Webex Meetings. The event is free, but registration  is required; a special access link to the meeting will be sent out the morning of the event. For help on how to join a Webex Meeting, see our step-by-step guide.

About the Series

This event is the third and final event in the series “Business, Science, Culture: Climate Edition” developed by the German Embassy Washington and the DWIH New York. For info on the series and past speakers, visit the series page on our site.

Event Information

June 11, 2021, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Organizer(s): German Embassy Washington, German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York