Sustainable development

Our aspirations

Regional hydrogen technology leader

We strive to use hydrogen technologies cost effectively to drive our energy transition. Our hydrogen strategy outlines four key areas for the advancement of these technologies.

Strategic goals and ambitions

Leader in advancing hydrogen mobility in Central Europe, actively supporting decarbonisation of transport.

  • Market development starting with city buses and railway, through long-haul heavy-duty and passenger transport, to synthetic fuels for air and sea transport.
  • Network of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations.
  • Leveraging existing assets and building new capacities to produce automotive grade hydrogen for transport.

The hydrogen strategy is both an extension of the ORLEN Group’s ambitious decarbonisation plan and a response to the rapidly changing market and regulatory environment.

Implementation of numerous projects addressing key challenges facing the ORLEN Group until 2030:

  • Reduction of CO2 emissions from existing hydrogen production facilities of the ORLEN Group using low-carbon technologies – carbon capture, utilisation and/or storage (CCUS).
  • Development of new generation sources based on electrolysis units and renewables.
  • Implementation of municipal waste to hydrogen technology.

Building a significant position as a supplier and customer of the European Hydrogen Backbone.

  • Industry and export: after 2030 surplus zero- and low-carbon hydrogen could be directed to meet the needs of other industries at home and abroad (e.g. within the framework of the European Hydrogen Backbone).
  • Grid stabilisation: large-scale utilisation of hydrogen and/or ammonia for energy storage will be possible after 2030 with wind farms in the Baltic Sea when there is a significant periodic surplus of renewable electricity in the grid.
  • District heating and power generation as promising applications of low- and zero-carbon hydrogen.
  • New CCGT units planned within the ORLEN Group will be able to co-fire hydrogen.

Advancement of research and development activities actively supporting the potential of the ORLEN Group.
  • Forging and promoting hydrogen partnerships and the hydrogen ecosystem.
  • Building in-house capabilities across the hydrogen value chain.
  • Setting up a dedicated hydrogen laboratory at the Research and Development Centre in Płock by 2025 to perform tests and conduct research in test facilities on hydrogen production, quality, purification, storage and transport.
  • Taking a leading role in the Mazovian Hydrogen Valley, whose main aim is to implement R&D projects that help drive progress in hydrogen technology.

Key indicators for the ORLEN Group in 2030

PLN 7.4 bn

planned capital expenditure with an ambition to increase spending in the long term

540 MW

of new low- and zero-carbon hydrogen capacity, including from water electrolysis powered by renewables and municipal waste. With the ambition to achieve 1 GW in the long term 2030+


of hydrogen produced by the ORLEN Group to be low- or zero-carbon, with an ambition of ~80% in the long term 2030+







1,6m tonnes

less of CO2 emissions from hydrogen production in 2030, with up to 3m tonnes less in the long term 2030+

19kt H2 per year

of automotive grade hydrogen


hydrogen refuelling stations with necessary logistics infrastructure in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia

ORLEN Group hydrogen strategy 2030

See also

Sustainable development

ORLEN Group’s 2030 Strategy