The Francorchamps Hydrogen Declarations

1. Background

With the support of an array of key partners, the EMR (Euregio Meuse-Rhine) H2 Booster project wants to develop the hydrogen
economy across the Dutch and Belgian provinces of Limburg, the German province of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Belgian Rhine and Meuse rivers as well as the dense European highway network that connects these provinces.  


During the past months, a series of interviews with different public and private stakeholders across the EMR region have shown
that there is a great interest for players on the different sides of the borders to unite in action to shape this new interregional hydrogen cross-border ecosystem.  


The interviews have identified three actions paths which actors intend to follow:  



Path A – structuring the interregional hydrogen economy 


Focus should be on: 

– proper national and interregional legislation and their cross-border alignment 

– projects that will shape the hydrogen economy (e.g., building pipeline infrastructure, developing industrial sites, or expanding transport corridors), which should be promoted at the EMR level 

– funding mechanisms and their alignment across borders 

– technological development and cross-border pilot projects 

– training, skillset, and workforce development in cross-border partnership  

– connecting hydrogen networks across the different provinces to create a large EMR hydrogen community 



Path B – developing the interregional “hydrogen rivers” transport corridor


According to simulations done by CCNR (Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine), hydrogen and its derivatives could account for up to 45% of fuels used by river barges, in their most ambitious decarbonization scenario. An array of related projects is already in development along the Rhine, Meuse, and Albert Canal. The EMR region could easily become one of the world centers for the development of such new vessels as well as the development of skill sets around the topic of “hydrogen rivers”.

Therefore, it is necessary to bring interested parties together to develop a vision, implement a hydrogen corridor, and a
hydrogen barges-ecosystem on the rivers Rhine and Meuse.  



Path C – developing the interregional “hydrogen highways” transport corridor


Today, the transport by road is an essential part of logistical activities. The EMR region is rich in key highways and located
at the intersection of many trans-European transport corridors that either originate in the region or pass through it.  


Therefore, it is necessary to bring interested parties together to develop a vision, implement a network of hydrogen refueling
stations, support the production of hydrogen, and the development, production, and supply of hydrogen-based vehicles.  


2. The Francorchamps Hydrogen Declarations  


We invite all stakeholders active in hydrogen across the EMR region to join us in Francorchamps on April 18th,
to hear presentations from experts in the field, network, and discuss the future of a shared vision for a hydrogen economy in the region. 


At this occasion the three “Francorchamps Hydrogen Declarations” can be signed by all interested parties. These declarations are a non-binding agreement stating an interest to participate in further shaping the hydrogen economy in the region and/or the hydrogen rivers corridor and/or the hydrogen highways corridor.  


Creating this momentum will be a critical political signal towards key decision makers and the press.  


Further action will then be taken by bringing these interested parties together in subsequent workshops.  


We invite you to participate as well as to be a signatory of the declarations. To support the declarations, you can send us your
company’s logo in advance to give more visibility to the declarations the day of signing. Please specify which declaration you want to support: 

  1. Structuring the interregional hydrogen economy 
  2. Developing the interregional “hydrogen rivers”
    transport corridor
  3. Developing the interregional “hydrogen highways”
    transport corridor


For further information, please contact us by email  


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