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The Impact of the Russian War against Ukraine on the German Hydrogen Discourse

Loewe, Martha ; Quittkat, Christine ; Knodt, Michèle ; Ott, Ingrid (2024)
The Impact of the Russian War against Ukraine on the German Hydrogen Discourse.
In: Sustainability, 2024, 16 (2)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00027166
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Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: The Impact of the Russian War against Ukraine on the German Hydrogen Discourse
Language: English
Date: 13 May 2024
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 16 January 2024
Place of primary publication: Basel
Publisher: MDPI
Journal or Publication Title: Sustainability
Volume of the journal: 16
Issue Number: 2
Collation: 21 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00027166
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Origin: Secondary publication DeepGreen
Abstract:

This contribution delves into the transformative effects of the Russian–Ukrainian war on the discourse surrounding German hydrogen. Employing structural topical modeling (STM) on a vast dataset of 2192 newspaper articles spanning from 2019 to 2022, it aims to uncover thematic shifts attributed to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The onset of the war in February 2022 triggered a significant pivot in the discourse, shifting it from sustainability and climate-change mitigation to the securing of energy supplies through new partnerships, particularly in response to Russia’s unreliability. Germany started exploring alternative energy trading partners like Canada and Australia, emphasizing green hydrogen development. The study illustrates how external shocks can expedite the uptake of new technologies. The adoption of the “H2 readiness” concept for LNG terminals contributes to the successful implementation of green hydrogen. In summary, the Russian–Ukrainian war profoundly impacted the German hydrogen discourse, shifting the focus from sustainability to energy supply security, underscoring the interconnectedness of energy security and sustainability in Germany’s hydrogen policy.

Uncontrolled Keywords: hydrogen, discourse, green energy trade, Germany, Ukraine, STM, structural topic model, text as data, unsupervised machine learning
Identification Number: Artikel-ID: 773
Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-271668
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This article belongs to the Special Issue Governing Green Energy Trade: Challenges and Opportunities

Classification DDC: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 333.7 Natural resources, energy and environment
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science
02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science > Comparative Politics and European Integration
Date Deposited: 13 May 2024 12:36
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 06:52
SWORD Depositor: Deep Green
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/27166
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