Master degree graduation assignment

Graduation Assignment
Bachelor & Master
Required language
Dutch, English
Commences at
24 November 2023


The state and influence of current regulations in the Netherlands on
the green hydrogen transition

Technological advances have made green hydrogen increasingly interesting to substitute fossil fuels and
decarbonize the energy system. A multitude of plans and targets have been formulated regarding green
hydrogen production and use in the Netherlands. However, regulatory uncertainty hampers the materialization
of a green hydrogen market. Existing regulations have until now been given less attention in literature on green
hydrogen transitions. This research analyses the existing regulations for green hydrogen to gain insight about
barriers or voids for the transition to green hydrogen in the Netherlands. With regulatory framework is
referred to policies, laws and documents on standards. The island of Goeree-Overflakkee serves as a case study
to the research.

Problem Statement:
Despite strategies, plans and announcements, the green hydrogen transition is not yet materializing.
Regulatory uncertainty and misalignment needs to be overcome.

Research Objective:
To investigate the role of existing rules on the transition to green hydrogen and address the gaps in existing
regulatory and policy frameworks.

Main research question:
What are the regulatory barriers and enablers in the transition to a green hydrogen value chain in Goeree-

Proposed methods:

  • Systematic analysis of policy documents regarding green hydrogen using Institutional Grammar
  • Desk research
  • Interviews and/or document analysis to study the alignment of behaviour among stakeholders.

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