Hydrogen is increasingly gaining prominence in realising economy-wide decarbonisation, particularly in hard-to-abate sectors. Its versatility in terms of being deployed across multiple end-use sectors makes it an attractive vector for global energy transition as well as energy security through both global trade and decentralised production/consumption. However, Hydrogen has thus far been restricted to niche applications and has not been a serious contender to support climate change mitigation due to the high emission intensity of the existing production processes.

The precipitous fall in the Levelized Cost of Renewable Energy, particularly Solar Energy, has led to a renewed interest from the global community in the Hydrogen sector. Solar Energy-based Green Hydrogen, despite currently lacking cost-competitiveness with Grey Hydrogen, is being seen as a promising candidate for rapid decarbonisation of the global energy mix.

A significant number of countries are coming out with actionable roadmaps to develop (Green) Hydrogen-based economies. The South Asian region has a significant potential for transitioning to Green Hydrogen in the mid-to-long term both from the perspective of domestic self-consumption as well as integration with the global trade routes, as they mature.

The panel discussion would encompass, inter alia, the potential role of the region in the global Hydrogen value chain (including Electrolyser production), business and financing models, policy & regulatory support (including standards & certification) needed to facilitate favourable economics for Solar Energy-based Green Hydrogen, the role of existing energy producers (including oil & gas), identify investment opportunities for transitioning from fossil Hydrogen to Solar Energy-based Green Hydrogen.


This Side Event will have the following primary objectives:

  • Identification of pathways to transition from Grey Hydrogen to Green Hydrogen in the near-to-midterm.
  • Identification of investment opportunities across Green Hydrogen value chain in the Asia-Pacific region.


Time (Manila) Activities
08:00 - 08:05 p.m. Welcome Address and Context Setting

  • H.E. Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance
08:05 - 08:20 p.m. Special Addresses

  • H.E. Dr Priyantha Wijayatunga, Chief of Energy Sectoral, Sustainable Development & Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
  • H.E. Dr. Vandana Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Republic of India
  • H.E. Mr. Thiery Lepercq, Chairman(Joint Venture), HyDeal Espanã
08:20 - 08:25 p.m. Inaugural Addresses

  • H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of the Republic of France to India
08:25 - 08:30 p.m. Introduction to ISA’s Programme ‘Solar for Green Hydrogen’

  • Dr. Philippe Malbranche, Assistant Director General (Knowledge Management & Institutional Development), International Solar Alliance
08:30 - 09:25 p.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mr Jiwan Acharya, Principal Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank

  • Mr Samuel Bartlett, Director - GH2 Standard, Green Hydrogen Organisation (GHO)
  • Mr Mathieu Geze, Director - Asia, HDF
  • Ms. Belén Linares, Director of Innovation, Acciona
  • Mr. Derek Shah, Senior Vice President and Head Green Manufacturing and Development, L&T Energy
  • Ms. Isabelle Capaldi-Lureau, Global Lead Origninator H2, TotalEnergies
09:25 - 09:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks and Vote of Thanks

  • Mr. Jiwan Acharya, Principal Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank


About the Organizer

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an action-oriented, member-driven, collaborative platform for increased deployment of solar energy technologies as a means for bringing energy access, ensuring energy security, and driving energy transition in its member countries.

The ISA was conceived as a joint effort by India and France to mobilise efforts against climate change through the deployment of solar energy solutions. It was conceptualised on the sidelines of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Paris in 2015.

The ISA strives to develop and deploy cost-effective and transformational energy solutions powered by the sun to help member countries develop low-carbon growth trajectories, with particular focus on delivering impact in countries categorized as Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Being a global platform, ISA’s partnerships with multilateral development banks (MDBs), development financial institutions (DFIs), private and public sector organisations, civil society, and other international institutions is key to delivering the change it seeks to see in the world going ahead.

Point of Contact

Kushagr Nagaich
International Solar Alliance