A new international partnership aiming to accelerate the commercial deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across all sectors of the economy was launched yesterday at the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10).

Under the leadership of Canada, the US, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission, with partnership of several other CEM member countries, the new Hydrogen Initiative will drive international collaboration on policies, programmes and projects.

Drawing on the recommendations from the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting in 2018 in Japan, this cross-country collaboration will build on the successes of other global collaborations on hydrogen such as the Hydrogen Challenge under Mission Innovation, the ongoing work through the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the economy and global analysis carried out through the International Energy Agency (IEA).

It will aim to address barriers and identify opportunities for hydrogen in the global transformation to a clean, affordable and reliable energy sector looking at the global supply chains of this new energy vector.

“Multilateral cooperation is essential to tackle the global challenge of climate change by moving towards an energy transition…”

Benoît Potier, Hydrogen Council Co-chair and Chairman and CEO or Air Liquide

The new Hydrogen Initiative will focus on how hydrogen can contribute to cleaner energy systems, while promoting sustainability, resiliency and energy security. Initial work carried out through the initiative will focus on three different areas:

  • Helping to ensure successful deployment of hydrogen within current industrial applications.
  • Enabling deployment of hydrogen technologies in transport (e.g. freight, mass transit, light-rail, marine).
  • Exploring the role of hydrogen in meeting the energy needs of communities.

As the host of the CEM10 meeting in Vancouver, Canada and co-leading member of this new Hydrogen Initiative, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources stated, “Canada is proud to be a founding member of this initiative which demonstrates our commitment to growing economies and workforces. Hydrogen is playing an important role in building the clean energy future.”

The Hydrogen Council joined energy ministers yesterday in Vancouver to celebrate the launch of the new Hydrogen Initiative.

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Source: Clean Energy Ministerial

Benoît Potier, Hydrogen Council Co-chair and Chairman and CEO or Air Liquide, said, “We, as industry, are ready to invest in hydrogen technology and set up large-scale projects to boost deployment. But, in order to scale up hydrogen solutions, we now need the appropriate regulatory frameworks that will create an environment to encourage this.”

“Multilateral cooperation is essential to tackle the global challenge of climate change by moving towards an energy transition, and the Clean Energy Ministerial Hydrogen Initiative is a great example of collaboration to make this possible.”

The Hydrogen Council has prioritised its international advocacy efforts providing national action plans and strategic roadmaps to develop hydrogen within and across sectors.

A Hydrogen Council study found that industry invests an estimated total value of $1.6bn per year on the development and commercialisation of the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors.

With increased support from government, including adequate policy schemes, a mature hydrogen economy can help abate 6 Gt of annual CO2 emissions and result in $2.5 trillion in annual sales, creating 30 million jobs worldwide.

The CEM Hydrogen Initiative is the latest collaboration aimed at accelerating this hydrogen-powered energy transition.