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Task Force on Hydrogen

Introduction

 

Hydrogen is an innovative solution to achieving carbon neutrality and other climate targets. Under the auspices of the UNECE Group of Experts on Gas, Renewable Energy and Cleaner Electricity Systems, by taking a technology agnostic approach UNECE has launched a project to improve capacities of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to develop sustainable hydrogen production strategies while raising awareness and overcoming economic, technical, policy and investment barriers.

With this in mind, UNECE created a Task Force on Hydrogen that is being implementing this project and will advise the Committee on Sustainable Energy on how to help countries meet their international commitments in decarbonizing energy systems by harnessing hydrogen and other decarbonized gases.

UNECE member States are invited to nominate Focal Points to join UNECE Hydrogen Task Force and steer this project implementation jointly with a wider project stakeholder community. This project is aimed to provide a platform for an honest and inclusive dialogue on best practices and lessons learned, and explore what is required to kick-start a regional hydrogen ecosystem. The Task Force’s ambition is to catalyse dialogue on clean hydrogen to the highest levels of policy making across the UNECE region and beyond and engage a wide community in this dialogue.

In focus

Hydrogen can help decarbonize the economy, through massive investments and appropriate policy support, according to new UN report

The shift to a decarbonized Hydrogen-based economy that can achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050 in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, requires swift and extensive expansion of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production. This will require massive investments and appropriate policy support. Check out our new Hydrogen Technology Brief, available in English and Russian.

 

Defining sustainable hydrogen: beyond colours

At its 8th Session held on 25- 26 March 2021, the Group of Experts on Gas stressed the need to develop a scientifically based terminology for renewable, decarbonized, and low-carbon hydrogen. A clear taxonomy would provide legal certainty, foster collaboration, and investment flows. Member States are invited to adapt national legal definitions to reflect the definitions established by this new standard.

Hydrogen in Europe: Russia’s friend or foe?
Водород в Европе: друг или враг России?

29 October 2020 – Hydrogen is a bridge to achieving carbon neutrality. It is not zero-carbon today, but should be in the future. To achieve that, good planning is key. Some member States have already developed a hydrogen strategy, some are working on it. Who does what on hydrogen and how UNECE could help the member States coordinate their efforts is in the presentation that was given on 29 October 2020 at the online conference: “Development of renewable energy sources in the European Union and the assessment of their effectiveness”, organized by the Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University R.E. Alekseeva.

Highlights

Defining sustainable hydrogen: beyond colours

HYDROGEN – an innovative solution for carbon neutrality?

Hydrogen in Europe: Russia’s friend or foe? Водород в Европе: друг или враг России?
29 October 2020 – Hydrogen is a bridge to achieving carbon neutrality. It is not zero-carbon today, but should be in the future. To achieve that, good planning is key. Some member States have already developed a hydrogen strategy, some are working on it. Who does what on hydrogen and how UNECE could help the member States coordinate their efforts is in the presentation that was given on 29 October 2020 at the online conference: “Development of renewable energy sources in the European Union and the assessment of their effectiveness”, organized by the Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University R.E. Alekseeva.

Hydrogen gains momentum in the UNECE region
(UNECE NEWS, 29 September 2020)

On 25 March 2020 UNECE held an Online Hydrogen Workshop in partnership with World Energy Council (WEC) to discuss steps towards a hydrogen enabled future. The objective of the workshop was to i) develop a catalogue of regulations and standards in need of revisions for hydrogen to be able to heat homes and fuel cars within the UNECE region; ii) facilitate international and cross-sector strategic knowledge exchange around public acceptability and the potential of a hydrogen economy for the UNECE region. Read more