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A Dutch-German Hydrogen Valley – The Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia as a Pioneer Region for the European Hydrogen Economy

Second Dutch-German Forum on Comparative and European Energy Law (FCEEL)

The European Union aims at replacing natural gas by green hydrogen that is produced on the basis of renewable energies. Model regions for this transition (“Hydrogen Valleys”) have become a global phenomenon. Hydrogen Valleys ideally cover the entire hydrogen value chain from production over storage and distribution to consumption. The Netherlands and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia are among the European regions that seem best suited to serve as such a model region.

In the second FCEEL conference 2023, we will  cast a look at the chances and perspectives of a Dutch-German Hydrogen Valley, but we will also discuss possible obstacles. Our speakers look at these issues from an economical, legal and political perspective.

Date: 26th October 2023, 10:00 – 14:15 h

Location: University of Cologne, Seminargebäude (and via Zoom)

Click here for the details of the program

The conference is free of charge. It is supported by the EWIR sponsoring association (Förderverein des Instituts für Energierecht e.V.). You can attend in Cologne (limited seating capacity) or via Zoom.

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About the FCEEL initiative

The Dutch-German Forum on Comparative and European Energy Law (FCEEL) is a platform for discussing recent developments in energy law, created in 2022 by

  • the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology and Society (TILT, Dr. Max Baumgart and Prof. Dr. Saskia Lavrijssen), and
  • the Institute for Energy Law at the University of Cologne (EWIR, Prof. Dr. Torsten Körber).

Both institutions cooperate with other energy institutes and energy law chairs. The following partner institutions and persons are part of the initiative:

Dutch partners

  • University of Rotterdam, Chair for Public Law and Sustainability, Prof. Dr. Leonie Reins
  • Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, Dr. Lea Diestelmeier and Dr. Ruven Fleming
German partners

  • Bochum Institute for Mining and Energy law (IBE), Prof. Johann-Christian Pielow
  • Düsseldorf Institute for Energy Law at the University of Düsseldorf (DIER), Prof. Dr. Charlotte Kreuter-Kirchhof

The FCEEL initiative contributes to shaping energy law in the light of achieving the European and national climate goals as well as European energy sovereignty by bringing together experts from academia and practice in a cross-border initiative. It connects two economically and culturally intertwined European regions: the Netherlands and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, thereby further strengthening already close academic ties. We meet in an annual conference which alternates between Tilburg and Cologne.

For further information on the FCEEL initiative, please contact Dr. Max Baumgart, Assistant Professor in European and national regulation of the energy transition:

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