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The International PtX Hub Berlin will in future be supported by two federal ministries. The platform was founded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment at the end of 2019 and has since been operated by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German society for international cooperation. Now the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will also participate in the PtX Hub. The aim is to drive forward the sustainable production and use of climate-neutral feedstocks and motor fuels based on green hydrogen, particularly in developing and emerging countries. The establishment of international networks and the interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge via the PtX Hub seeks to kick-start a global sustainable hydrogen and PtX economy. At today's meeting of the Climate Action Alliance, it was announced that the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy would now join the International Ptx Hub.

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said: "Green hydrogen can make a significant contribution to mitigating climate change. What is more, it also provides great opportunities for future industrial policy, both for Germany and for developing and emerging countries. If the new industry is to be sustainable, we will need to foster a lively exchange between the scientific and business communities at global level. The PtX hub provides an important basis for building new networks in a quest to further expand innovations and value chains".

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier said: "The existing network of global energy partnerships provides a good basis for successful cooperation, not least in the hydrogen sector. We want to build on this in order to achieve our climate policy goals. We also want to use this opportunity to harness the economic potential of hydrogen technologies and to create jobs".

What impact will German climate policy have on low-income households in Germany as well as in countries of the Global South – and how can these effects be cushioned or even turned into positive effects? These are the questions that will be addressed at the eleventh session of the Climate Action Alliance. In this context, green hydrogen (Power to X/PtX) represents a new economic sector with great potential for the environment and the economy. The reason for this is that it is not possible for companies in many sectors to directly use green electricity for their production. These include firms in the chemical industry, the steel and cement industry as well as air and maritime transport. The market ramp-up of PtX therefore offers many opportunities for mitigating climate change and boosting the economy and the labour market, including in Germany's partner countries. Favourable conditions for generating electricity from renewable energy result in value creation and thus tradable products and their integration into global value chains, leading to new business opportunities.

The Climate Action Alliance will use its meeting to present the International PtX-Hub Berlin. The platform offers decision-makers an interdisciplinary network for further training, knowledge exchange and industry networking. The Federal Ministry for the Environment is planning to set up a PtX Centre of Excellence in the Lausitz energy region, which is scheduled to open in 2021. The centre will promote the discussion on sustainability requirements for the production and use of PtX.

Further information about the International PtX Hub Berlin can be found here.