Power to X as the missing building block for full decarbonisation

The PtX secretariat was officially launched at the Climate Conference COP 25 in December 2019.

Meeting the commitments of the Paris Agreement requires the decarbonisation of all energy sectors. Sustainable, climate neutral synthetic fuels and feedstocks based on green hydrogen, often referred to as Power-to-X (PtX), offer tremendous potential for decarbonising energy and industrial sectors that cannot be directly electrified.

Recognizing the potentials of Power to X, the Power-to-X Secretariat, implemented by the TraCS project (GIZ group Energy, Water, Transport) on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and based in Berlin, promotes the sustainable and effective use of PtX in sectors such as aviation or freight transport. One of its objectives is to generate and communicate knowledge concerning the climate-efficient use of PtX and actively shape the discussion surrounding sustainability criteria for producing PtX on an international level.

The importance of the technology for international decarbonisation has been particularly emphasized by the Federal Environment Minister Schulze during the BMU Conference “Power-to-X: Moving towards a sustainable PtX economy” in November 2019. This conference was the starting point of the stakeholder dialogue within the BMU PtX action programme. During her speech, Vera Scholz (Head of the GIZ Climate, Environment and Infrastructure department) emphasized the importance of a proactive approach for international cooperation regarding PtX.

The PtX secretariat was officially launched at the Climate Conference COP 25 in December 2019. Minister Schulze outlined its strategy to facilitate a global breakthrough in sustainably produced synthetic fuels.

Contact: Thomas Elmar Schuppe

The project “Advancing climate strategies in rapidly motorising countries (TraCS)” is implemented by GIZ and funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Minister Schulze (second from left) with Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mining and the Environment in the Kingdom of Morocco (second from right) and Bettina Hagedorn, Secretary of State German Environment Ministry at COP25 press briefing.

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