Recently hydrogen has attracted greater interest as an energy carrier to achieve carbon neutrality especially in developed countries because of its versatility. Hydrogen focused policies are being developed, country-based roadmaps and plans have been produced, country-to-country hydrogen export/import trading has started, inter-continental discussions are being held and widely publicized. With current momentum for a rapid cost reduction and performance improvement, the technology has passed the stage of demonstration and is ready for wide commercialization.

Hydrogen can contribute as solution for a variety of energy issues, such as energy security, stable power supply and air quality improvement, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Hydrogen energy has various options in the supply chain and its project viability will depend on country context, such as available natural resources, existing infrastructure etc.

Therefore, the time is now right for developing member countries (DMCs) to start considering potential and challenge of hydrogen energy in their country. Wider application and mass production in DMCs will bring further financial viability of H2 energy project, just like significant cost reduction of PV panel in the past. In addition, long term energy storage and transportable capability of H2 energy will contribute to deployment of more variable renewable energy and has great potential to contribute to global climate change mitigation through international hydrogen supply chain.


  • Recognize global momentum of hydrogen energy development and deployment,
  • Highlight potential role of hydrogen energy in DMCs,
  • Identify challenges to deploy hydrogen energy and recommendation for DMCs.


Time (Manila) Activities
10:30-10:35 a.m. Opening Session
Toru Ito, Senior Energy Specialist, Energy Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
10:35-10:40 a.m. Keynote Address
Mr. Bjørn Jahnsen, Ambassador, Norwegian Embassy Manila
10:40-11:55 a.m. Presentations:

  1. Global momentum of hydrogen energy development, technology readiness, government policies
  2. Dr. Peter Kaznacheev, Principal, Energy, Infrastructure and the Public Sector, Roland Berger, and
    Mr. Dieter Billen, Principal, South-East Asia, Roland Berger

  3. Hydrogen energy, commercial application examples in developed countries, and recommendation for Developing Member Countries
  4. 2-1. Ms. Nicola McFarlane, Principal Low Carbon Lead in Australia, DNV
    2-2. Mr. Alan Kneisz, Director, Global Business Development, Cummins Corporation / Hydrogenics

  5. Hydrogen energy use case in DMCs, example of feasibility study/future project
  6. 3-1. Use case in Pakistan Mr. Stephen B. Harrison, founder and managing director, sbh4 GmbH


    3-2. case in Nepal Mr. Pushkar Mnandhar, Senior Project Officer(Energy), Nepal Resident Mission, ADB and Dr. Biraj Singh Thapa, Assistant Professor, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Panel discussion

Moderator: Dr. Per Christer Lund, Science and technology counsellor, Norwegian Embassy in Singapore
Panelists: Presenters above


11:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Closing Remark
Jiwan Acharya, Principal Energy Specialist, South Asia Department, ADB

About Organizers

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The Asian Development Bank was conceived in the early 1960s as a financial institution that would be Asian in character and foster economic growth and cooperation in one of the poorest regions in the world. ADB assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development. ADB is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region.

Innovation Norway:

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. We support companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation.

Norwegian enterprises have access to a broad business support system as well as financial means. Innovation Norway provides competence, advisory services, promotional services and network services. The marketing of Norway as a tourist destination is also considered one of the organizations important tasks.

By combining local industry knowledge and international networks with the business ideas and the motivation of entrepreneurs, the foundation for new successful businesses is created.

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian government's official trade representative abroad.

We aim to assist Norwegian businesses grow and find new markets. Local presence is therefore of crucial concern to us.

It is easy to get in touch with us. We are represented in more than 30 countries worldwide and in all Norwegian counties. Our head office is in Oslo. We are closely affiliated with the Norwegian embassies and consulates. You can find our representatives and advisors worldwide.

Point of Contact

Toru Ito, ADB

Helge Tryti, Innovation Norway