Introducing – New Energy World Industry Grouping

ImageThere have been several innovative steps taken by public and private organisations in order to meet the EU’s 80% carbon reduction target by 2050. Fuel cells and hydrogen continue to play a major role in this effort but further investment in these technologies is needed if the EU is to have a sustainable carbon-neutral future.

One of the organisations leading the charge in this area is the New Energy World Industry Grouping (NEW-IG). NEW-IG is a leading European industrial association dedicated to the market deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. It brings together more than 60 innovative companies with a joint ambition to contribute to a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous life-environment for European citizens. Intelligent Energy has been part of the NEW-IG since its inception in 2008. Henri Winand, CEO of Intelligent Energy, is currently serving his second term as Treasurer of the Grouping.

As its core activity, NEW-IG acts as the private partner in the European programme for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, the so called “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking”. This public-private scheme provides a unique platform for cooperation, much-needed long-term stability for investment and concrete support for a portfolio of circa 150 projects. The continuation of the programme under Horizon 2020, the new European innovation framework, is currently being discussed. To ensure Europe has a strong and efficient programme until 2020, NEW-IG has worked closely with the European Commission to collect necessary data and provide expert input on this proposal.

NEW-IG is also actively engaged with policymakers to shape legislation for the adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. It organises high-level meetings with key European decision-makers, such as the EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in 2012, or events that help Members of the European Parliament understand what innovative technologies can do for the European economy. The “Drive ‘n’ Ride” projects are prime examples. Since 2008, it has been offering opportunities to experience hydrogen and fuel cell technology first-hand, through test-drives of fuel cell powered electric vehicles (FCEVs).

The drastic carbon reduction of the energy and transport sectors will require tremendous effort, substantial investment and close cooperation between the public and the private sectors, and all at a time of high economic and environmental uncertainty in Europe. Organisations such as NEW-IG are leading the way to secure a clean energy future.

More about the Drive ‘n’ Ride project & images: http://www.new-ig.eu/newsroom/103/82/MEPs-test-the-latest-generation-of-zero-emission-vehicles-in-Strasbourg

More about NEW-IG: www.new-ig.eu

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