On Friday 18 March, NautaDutilh has submitted its participation in the public consultation ‘Organisation of the Dutch Hydrogen Market’. This public consultation was launched by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. In the consultation, the Ministry asked existing and future hydrogen market stakeholders to deliver input on the way in which the Dutch hydrogen market should be organised in terms of market access, transport, (underground) hydrogen storage, import/export terminals, the conditions under which parties are allowed to perform these services and how it can be assured that parties can access these services under reasonable conditions.
In the Reaction Document, we expressed that it envisages a facilitating and coordinating role for the Dutch government in the Dutch hydrogen market. We believe that this role should be focused on lowering (entry) barriers to the market and should preferably be as temporary and limited as possible. The ultimate goal of the government should be the development of a free market in the shortest time frame possible. NautaDutilh has strongly emphasised that the Netherlands is ideally suited to become a front runner in Western Europe (and possibly worldwide) in the field of hydrogen, and that it will take a joint effort by government and industry to cash in on this leading position.
Gaike Dalenoord: ‘Harm Kerstholt and I are convinced that hydrogen will prove to become a true catalyst in meeting Europe's Fit for 55 ambitions. Together with our clients like Nobian, Royal Vopak and HyCC, we are on a journey to help make it happen!’
The initiative for this Reaction Document was taken by Gaike Dalenoord. Special thanks to Harm Kerstholt, Iris Kieft, Jolize Lautenbach, David Wumkes, Nima Lorjé and last but not least our working students Erik van Engelenburg and Michelle Meevis for their valuable contributions to the document.