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Polish president advocates for clean hydrogen at convention in Canada

24.04.2024 12:15
During a visit to Canada, Poland's President Andrzej Duda declared his country's readiness to tackle the challenge of achieving climate neutrality, highlighting this commitment at North America's largest hydrogen-focused event in Edmonton.
Polish President Andrzej Duda during a press conference in Edmonton, Canada.
Polish President Andrzej Duda during a press conference in Edmonton, Canada.Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

Speaking to an audience of business leaders, academics and political figures in the western Canadian city, Duda pointed to the importance of enhancing Polish-Canadian relations beyond security, particularly focusing on energy cooperation with provinces such as Alberta.

"Considering our commitment to achieving climate neutrality, Poland sees the development of clean hydrogen technologies as essential," Duda said.

"We see their application primarily in those segments of the economy where electrification is not a viable solution or is inefficient," he remarked.

Poland, recognized as a leading hydrogen producer, specializes in what is referred to as gray hydrogen, derived from emission-heavy processes, from which Duda said the country needs a strategic pivot.

"Poland, with all its predispositions, knowledge, and experience, is ready to meet the challenge of climate neutrality," the president said.

"Our main task now is to replace so-called gray hydrogen, which comes from emission sources, with clean, low-emission, ecological hydrogen produced from renewable sources, but also from nuclear energy or by utilizing carbon capture technologies," he told the gathering.

As part of its broader hydrogen strategy, Poland aims to deploy at least 800 to 1,000 hydrogen buses by 2030, with a significant portion of the production and infrastructure development, including at least 32 refueling and storage stations across the country.


Source: PAP, prezydent.pl

Click on the audio player above to listen to a report by Radio Poland's Michał Owczarek.