On February 17, 2021 the French Government enacted Ordinance 2021-167 related to the hydrogen sector, as foreseen in the National Hydrogen Strategy encompassed in the national France Relance recovery plan.
The legal text sets out the following orientations:
- it clarifies the definition of three types of hydrogen: renewable, low-carbon, and with carbon emissions;
- it defines two tracking system to certify the origin of the consumed hydrogen;
- it defines a framework for the public support of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen, which can take the form of an operational aid, or a combination of operational aid and financial aid for investments;
- it frames the role of transport and distribution networks operators for natural gas, if renewable hydrogen was to be injected in those networks.