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On Oct. 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat) issued a statement of intent. The governments aim to jointly stimulate future hydrogen research & development and demonstration activities.

Hydrogen has caught the eye of governments and companies around the world. Through the H2@Scale program, for example, the U.S. government is exploring the potential for wide-scale hydrogen production and utilization. In March 2020 the Dutch government published its ambitious hydrogen agenda. Hydrogen will, according to the agenda, play an essential role in realizing the climate goals of the Dutch government (to reduce CO2 emissions by 49% in 2030 and 95% in 2050). Other Europeans countries such as Germany (in June 2020) and the EU (in July 2020) published hydrogen strategies as well.

Now the U.S. and Dutch governments have decided to work together. Through the collaboration, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Dutch Ministry Economic Affairs and Climate Policy will collect, analyze, and share information on hydrogen production and infrastructure technologies.

Both U.S. and Dutch officials expressed their enthusiasm for the partnership. Daniel Simmons (Assistant Secretary of EERE) stated that “this partnership will help address key hydrogen Research & Development areas, pave the way for at-scale hydrogen demonstrations, and foster new national, regional, and worldwide hydrogen value chains.”

On Sept. 23, 2020, the Dutch government entered into a collaboration with the Portuguese government regarding the export of green hydrogen from Portugal to the Netherlands. These international collaborations are a clear sign that hydrogen is gaining momentum around the world.

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William Garner

William Garner, Co-Chair of GT’s Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group and Chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Group, focuses his practice on domestic and international hydrocarbon and inert gas transactions and renewable energy. He has experience working on worldwide natural gas

William Garner, Co-Chair of GT’s Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group and Chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Group, focuses his practice on domestic and international hydrocarbon and inert gas transactions and renewable energy. He has experience working on worldwide natural gas projects, including unconventional gas. He has worked on projects in the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Poland, Kazakhstan, U.A.E., Algeria, Turkey and Mexico. William has also provided counsel to major energy companies, and served as an investment banker for the world’s leading oil and gas investment banking boutique, advising on domestic and international upstream and midstream transactions.

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Jan Herfkens is an associate in the Amsterdam real estate practice of Greenberg Traurig. Jan focuses his practice on real estate, administrative law, and environmental law. Jan holds a LL.M. from Leiden University. Besides his bachelor of Law, Jan studied Middle-Eastern Studies: Arabic…

Jan Herfkens is an associate in the Amsterdam real estate practice of Greenberg Traurig. Jan focuses his practice on real estate, administrative law, and environmental law. Jan holds a LL.M. from Leiden University. Besides his bachelor of Law, Jan studied Middle-Eastern Studies: Arabic, and he worked as a student-assistant for international labor law. Before joining Greenberg Traurig in October 2019, Jan was a trainee of political affairs at the Dutch Embassy in Beirut (Lebanon), and he was a lecturer on “Techniques and Methods of Jurisprudence” at Leiden University. Jan is admitted to the Amsterdam Bar.

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Marijn Bodelier focuses on public law, environmental law, and real estate. Marijn has particular experience with respect to project developments, permitting, enforcement, sustainability, renewable energy projects and regulatory compliance. Marijn is Co-Chair of GT’s global Hydrogen Group.

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Marijn Bodelier focuses on public law, environmental law, and real estate. Marijn has particular experience with respect to project developments, permitting, enforcement, sustainability, renewable energy projects and regulatory compliance. Marijn is Co-Chair of GT’s global Hydrogen Group.

Marijn has a seat in the appeals committee of the city of Alkmaar, he is a guest lecturer at Groningen University, and a regular author of in Dutch legal journals on public law, environmental law and regulatory matters. He completed his master’s degree in Law at Maastricht University cum laude and finished the post-graduate education Environmental and Planning Law of the Grotius Academy cum laude in 2012. He is an active member of the Dutch Environmental Attorneys’ Association (Vereniging van Milieurecht Advocaten).

According the 2022 edition of The Legal 500, “Marijn Bodelier is easily accessible, acts quickly and provides sound advice with regard to the public law aspects.”