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IRENA, Hydrogen Council partners to scale up H2 across the energy system

Daryl Wilson, Executive Director of the Hydrogen Council and Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA (Source: IRENA)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Hydrogen Council have announced that they have signed a partnership agreement to mutually advance green hydrogen across the energy system and make a significant contribution to global net-zero goals.

Signed by Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, and Daryl Wilson, Executive Director of the Hydrogen Council, the agreement marks a new milestone in the history of partnership between the two organizations by combining IRENA's renewable energy expertise with the Hydrogen Council's diverse network of 120+ member companies across the entire hydrogen value chain.

Francesco La Camera, IRENA's Director-General stated: "IRENA's World Energy Transitions Outlook makes it clear that we have to urgently step-up action on all fronts of the energy transition to achieve our climate and sustainable development goals. Green hydrogen is a critical pillar for decarbonizing energy systems. With today's agreement, we will significantly increase knowledge exchange and international co-operation and coordinated action in this space."

Daryl Wilson, Executive Director of the Hydrogen Council, said: "We are united by a shared vision for hydrogen as the enabler for faster and greater integration of renewable capacity, as well as greater cost-efficiency and optimization at the energy system level. The Council's Hydrogen, Scaling Up report shows the key role of clean hydrogen produced through different low-carbon pathways in delivering deep decarbonization while providing the necessary flexibility and resilience for our energy systems. Public-private collaboration with partners such as IRENA is critical to making this profound transformation happen. We look forward to this next chapter of our partnership and accelerating the transition to net-zero together."

With a focus on accelerating hydrogen globally, the two organizations will exchange knowledge, best practices, and data, particularly on cost and volumes for electrolysers, policy frameworks, market design, certification systems, and technical and safety standards. The partnership agreement will also draw on the complementary strengths and communities of IRENA and the Hydrogen Council to achieve the aims of IRENA's collaborative framework on green hydrogen. 

Author : Moulin Oza
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