The briefing titled “Focus on Hydrogen: EU Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package – A Sneak Preview” has been prepared by Clifford Chance. On 14 December 2021, the European Commission is expected to put forward its long-awaited Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package revising the existing Gas Directive and Regulation. This briefing outlines the key provisions concerning the hydrogen midstream sector as reflected in the draft proposals recently leaked. The proposals are still subject to further amendments until their official publication.

Based on the leaked information, it appears that the package will establish common rules for the internal market in natural gas, including rules related to the organisation and functioning of the hydrogen sector, access to the market, the criteria and procedures applicable to the granting of authorisations for networks, supply and storage of hydrogen as well as the operation of transmission systems.

The briefing can be accessed here