When was the last time you sat down for a coffee chat with someone to simply discuss a current topic in energy policy? This is what the Online Cafe offers by leveraging the CommUnity network and digital communication tools. No project deadlines or action items--just engaging questions and people with diverse perspectives.


The Online Cafe is a series of virtual events centered around a topic relevant to the European Green Deal. It provides a platform to share knowledge, experience and questions among our diverse community. The goal is to connect with others working or interested in a particular topic  while learning about the current policy matters related to it.


On April 15th, the Energy Policy Program (EPP) of the CommUnity “opened” the Online Cafe with its first session. The topic was hydrogen, with a wide scope for this first session. The hour-long conversation touched on the role of policy in the development of the hydrogen economy, the expectations for the recently announced Clean Hydrogen Alliance and the differences between stationary and mobile applications. Our featured guest was Felix Schimek, a CU member and consultant at Umlaut, who provided insightful comments that fueled dialogue and questions from participants.


While the idea was born back in December, it is during this pandemic that its value has become even more clear. After all, the Online Cafe is a low-carbon, low-cost and COVID-free way to continue building our energy transition community.


The EPP is building upon the experience in this first session to improve and expand the Online Cafe. Stay tuned for the announcement of our next session on battery recycling, programmed to take place in late May. If you have any ideas or would like to contribute in some way, feel free to write to energypolicy@cu.innoenergy.com.


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