Strategic roadmap needed to produce green hydrogen

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The government is urged to devise an integrated policy framework to make use of green hydrogen in order to overcome the energy shortfall, minimize reliance on imported fuels and realize its commitment to producing greener sources of energy, reports WealthPK. Green hydrogen depends on availability of pure water and renewable energy. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), hydrogen will play an important role in the global energy transition.

The energy watchdog said in 2020 hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels accounted for less than 0.1% of the total global energy consumption. This is expected to grow to 10% by 2050.

Talking to WealthPK, Muhammad Arif Goheer, Scientific Officer at the Pak-NDC Secretariat Global Change Impact Studies Center of the Ministry of Climate Change, said, “Low carbon development is the biggest challenge these days for the world in the context of mitigating climate change.

In this regard, hydrogen is often seen as an attractive solution because whether it is used in a fuel cell with air to produce electricity or burnt to produce heat, the only by-product is water.”

“Few challenges in general and for Pakistan related to hydrogen fuel include, but are not limited to, viable cost, hydrogen storage, purity requirement for hydrogen, infrastructure, safety, and environmental concerns.” Mr. Goheer said, “Green hydrogen can be a critical enabler of the global transition to sustainable energy and net-zero emission economies.

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