Climate Change Design

Net-Zero Industry Act: Empowering Sustainable Business Growth

The Net-Zero Industry Act is the European Union’s contribution to a sustainable future. Its focus lies in promoting green technologies, removing barriers, and providing financial support. But what specific benefits does the EU program offer, and how can businesses sell their produced green fuels? 


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What is the Net Zero Industry Act? 

The European Union has finally delivered a long-awaited response to the USA and China’s funding programs. To maintain its leadership in the green technology sector, the EU has introduced the Net Zero Industry Act. Through targeted investments in sustainable research and development, including hydrogen technologies, electromobility, and more, the EU aims to strengthen its markets and promote sustainability. Additionally, the Act provides financial support through tax incentives and grants, like the new STEP program.  

In summary, the European Union is committed to enhancing market resilience and sustainability. 


Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform – STEP 

The new Sustainable Technology and Environmental Protection (STEP) Program is an EU initiative designed to support green technologies and research.  

The program’s inaugural calls are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2024, with a focus on promoting sustainable projects across Europe. STEP encompasses various areas, including clean technologies, such as hydrogen, among others. It comprises a total of 11 funding programs. Notably, one of these programs is Horizon Europe, which boasts a budget exceeding €95 billion and emphasizes research and innovation. 


Advantage for Sustainable Businesses 

The transition to sustainable energy sources is increasingly sought after, and it is now further facilitated by the Net Zero Industry Act. But what specific benefits does this hold for your business? 

  1. Investment Opportunities: The law will promote investments in clean technologies and has the potential to propel your business towards robust growth, as the market is expanding rapidly. According to Statista, the market for green technologies and sustainability is projected to increase from $13.76 billion to over $60 billion by 2030. This represents an annual growth rate of 20.8%. 2.
  2. Competitive Positioning: By proactively embracing climate-neutral energies, your business strengthens its competitive position. Being an early adopter positions you as a trailblazer, and your commitment to sustainability enhances your brand perception. 
  3. Access to Funding: The associated STEP program provides excellent opportunities for securing funding to advance research and development. Sustainable projects aligned with the Act’s goals can benefit from financial support. 
  4. Streamlined Processes: The Net Zero Industry Act simplifies conditions for producing such technologies. By reducing bureaucratic hurdles, you can focus on your ideas and development. For instance, faster approval processes for projects expedite implementation. 


The Problem with the Trade of Green Fuels 

Green fuels also play a crucial role in the EU’s funding program. But who will be the recipients of these new quantities, and how can the transfer between suppliers and buyers be optimized? 

The market for green fuels, including hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, SAF, and biofuels, is booming. However, finding sellers or buyers can be challenging. Companies producing green fuels need efficient channels to connect with potential customers. This involves identifying industries or sectors that can benefit from these sustainable alternatives. 


The Solution: GreenEarthXchange 

GreenEarthX (GEX) is the World’s first Hydrogen Trading Exchange to operate across multiple countries. Our GEX Marketplace enables producers and consumers to connect. 

Producers can list and verify their projects to build trust with consumers. Furthermore, manufacturers receive green certification from certified partners listed on the platform. Producers have access to partners and service providers for transactions and off-take. Subsequently, a tokenized contract is concluded to facilitate transactions with consumers. 

For consumers, it is easy to filter and discover suitable partners. Thanks to verification, there is a clear overview of prices and offerings. A tokenized contract then enables full access and transactions with the producers. 

GreenEarthX vision is to reduce the global carbon footprint through trading of green hydrogen and derivative products and helping to create a brighter, sustainable future. 


The Road Ahead 

The Net Zero Industry Act sets the stage for a thriving EU clean-tech sector. At the same time, it also brings new challenges, such as platforms for selling hydrogen and more. GreenEarthXchange has the world’s only answer with the GEX Marketplace. 


Feel free to contact us to learn more or visit our website at GreenEarthX. 


Kiel, Germany, 2024 March, 12th   

Moritz Cornils, Impact Funding Europe 


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In 2019 the EU completed a comprehensive update of its energy policy framework to facilitate the transition away from fossil fuels towards cleaner energy and to deliver on the EU’s Paris Agreement commitments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The agreement on this new energy rulebook – called the Clean energy for all Europeans package – marked a significant step towards the implementation of the energy union strategy, published in 2015.

Climate, Energy and Mobility is the focus for Cluster 5 in Horizon Europe. This clusters aims to fight climate change by better understanding its causes, evolution, risks, impacts and opportunities, and by making the energy and transport sectors more climate and environment-friendly, more efficient and competitive, smarter, safer and more resilient

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Sophie has over 10 years of experience in EU funding and project implementation including international project development, tender and funding proposal writing, policy development, implementation, and project management. At IFE, Sophie is a Senior Consultant and Project Development expert. She aids companies in defining their R&D needs and aligning them to calls, this includes ideation and development of projects, consortium building and writing proposals for EU funding.

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A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business. 

A smart city goes beyond the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for better resource use and less emissions. It means smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities and more efficient ways to light and heat buildings. It also means a more interactive and responsive city administration, safer public spaces and meeting the needs of an ageing population. Last not least, it aims to make a city a healthier, more sustainable and more attractive place to be for its residents and visitors.

More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. This is expected to reach 80% by 2050. Cities and metropolitan areas are centres of economic activity, knowledge generation, innovation and new technologies. Cities influence the quality of life of citizens who live or work in them and they are major contributors to global challenges.

A mission in this area will help us meet the goals and targets set out by international policy frameworks such as the COP21 Paris Agreement, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (notably SDG11), the Urban Agenda for the EU and the Habitat III New Urban Agenda as cities play a key role in all of them.

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