Hydrogen: Bridging the Gap to Build a Clean Energy Future in Europe and Beyond

Date: 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Zoom & Wexner Building, Room 434 A-B

Join the Project on Europe for a discussion on hydrogen with Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam; Nicola de Blasio, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program; Henry Lee, Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program; and Nathalie Tocci, Pierre Keller Visiting Professor at HKS and Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali.

Join the Project on Europe for a discussion on hydrogen with Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam; Nicola de Blasio, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program; Henry Lee, Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program; and Nathalie Tocci, Pierre Keller Visiting Professor at HKS and Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali.

The discussion will be moderated by Paul-Etienne Pini, Belfer Young Leader and an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School.

With climate change being the most urgent challenge of our generation, the global energy landscape has undergone dramatic changes, driven by the need to undertake a deep transition. Pledges to reach net zero now cover almost 80% of the global economy, with the European Union leading the way with a target and concrete plan to become climate-neutral by 2050.

Hydrogen features prominently in this debate, being recognized in Europe as key to decarbonization. According to the International Energy Agency, in fact, electricity will only reach up to 50% of the energy mix, with limits in hard to abate sectors. This is where hydrogen enters the scene: produced from cheap green electricity, hydrogen can play a part in decarbonization, notably of industry, heavy and long-distance transport and winter heating, as well as storage. It is also on the cusp of becoming cost-competitive. Given its potential, hydrogen has been described as the missing link in decarbonization, both in Europe and beyond.

Harvard ID holders interested in joining in person should register in advance. Members of the public wishing to join remotely should register via Zoom. For more information, visit the event page.

Contact: belfer_events@hks.harvard.edu