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.
Toru Ito, Senior Energy Specialist, Energy Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
Mr. Bjørn Jahnsen, Ambassador, Norwegian Embassy Manila
Dr. Peter Kaznacheev, Principal, Energy, Infrastructure and the Public Sector, Roland Berger, and
2-1. Ms. Nicola McFarlane, Principal Low Carbon Lead in Australia, DNV
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
Moderator: Dr. Per Christer Lund, Science and technology counsellor, Norwegian Embassy in Singapore
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Jiwan Acharya, Principal Energy Specialist, South Asia Department, ADB
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