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IRENA and Hydrogen Council to scale-up hydrogen across the energy system

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led coalition, have signed a Partnership Agreement to jointly advance green hydrogen across the energy system and make a significant contribution to global net-zero goals.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Hydrogen Council, a global CEO coalition, have signed a Partnership Agreement to jointly advance green hydrogen across the energy system and make a significant contribution to global net-zero goals. The Agreement was signed by Daryl Wilson (left), Executive Director of the Hydrogen Council, and Francesco La Camera (right), Director-General of IRENA (photo courtesy Hydrogen Council).

The Hydrogen Council is a global CEO-led initiative that brings together leading companies with a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the clean energy transition.

The Agreement marks a new milestone in the history of collaboration 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.

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 cooperation and coordinated action in this space, Francesco La Camera, IRENA’s Director-General said.

With a focus on accelerating hydrogen globally, the two organizations will exchange knowledge, best practices, and data, particularly on cost and volumes for electrolyzers, 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.

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, said Daryl Wilson, Executive Director of the Hydrogen Council.

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