E.ON, one of Europe’s largest energy utilities announced that it has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, a group of companies committed to expanding and implementing hydrogen technologies by 2030.

The alliance of approximately 200 member companies was formed earlier this summer, following the European Union’s presentation of its hydrogen strategy, which includes the promotion of a hydrogen economy to help support the achievement of climate targets by expanding the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier. The alliance aims to promote demand for low-carbon hydrogen from sectors such as industry and mobility, as well as the development of hydrogen transmission and distribution.

Johannes Teyssen, CEO of E.ON, and the company’s representative to the Alliance, said:

“The extensive use of hydrogen as the energy carrier of the future offers a great opportunity will represent the Group in the European and can play a decisive role in the complete decarbonization of the industrial, transport and residential sectors. I am pleased that we are now able to contribute our expertise not only to the German government’s Hydrogen Council, which is chaired by the E.ON Group, but also at the European level in the newly founded alliance.”

E.ON stated that it has been active in the exploration of the potential uses of hydrogen, making it a valuable contributor to the alliance. The company launched the “Green Gas from Green Power” initiative last year, which now includes numerous hydrogen projects across the group with different focuses and at different stages. Earlier this year, E.ON announced that it was working together with thyssenkrupp for the efficient industrial production of hydrogen to help pave way integrate green electricity into the energy system. The company has also announced that it is making its gas distribution networks “h2-ready” for hydrogen by 2030.