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

Two parties agree to accelerate the clean energy transition through the deployment of hydrogen solutions

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8 September 2021 – 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.

Daryl Wilson (left), Executive Director of the Hydrogen Council and Francesco La Camera (right), Director-General of IRENA

Signed by Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, and Daryl Wilson, Executive Director of the Hydrogen Council, the Agreement marks a new milestone in the history of collaboration between the two organisations  by combining IRENA’s renewable energy expertise with the Hydrogen Council’s diverse network of 120+ member companies across the entire hydrogen value chain.

Francesco La Camera, IRENA’s Director-General said: “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 decarbonising energy systems. With today’s agreement we will significantly increase knowledge exchange and international co-operation and coordinated action in this space.”

Daryl Wilson, Executive Director of the Hydrogen Council, said: “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 optimisation at 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 decarbonisation 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.”

With a focus on accelerating hydrogen globally, the two organisations will exchange knowledge, best practice and data particularly on cost and volumes for electrolysers, 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.

About the 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 Council believes that hydrogen has a key role to play in reaching our global decarbonisation goals by helping to diversify energy sources worldwide, foster business and technological innovation as drivers for long-term economic growth, and decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors. Using its global reach to promote collaboration between governments, industry and investors, the Council provides guidance on accelerating the deployment of hydrogen solutions around the world. It also acts as a business marketplace, bringing together a diverse group of 120+ companies based in 20+ countries and across the entire hydrogen value chain, including large multinationals, innovative SMEs, and investors. The Hydrogen Council also serves as a resource for safety standards and an interlocutor for the investment community, while identifying opportunities for regulatory advocacy in key geographies. To find out more visit www.hydrogencouncil.com and follow us on Twitter @HydrogenCouncil and LinkedIn.

Hydrogen Council Press Office (FTI Consulting):

Ciel Jolley, +32 2 289 09 30 – Ciel.Jolley@fticonsulting.com (EU)

Lilya Nguyen, +1 202 346 8865 – Lilya.Nguyen@fticonsulting.com (U.S.)

About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA):

IRENA is the lead intergovernmental agency for the global energy transformation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. With 165 Members (164 States and the European Union) and 19 additional countries in the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Nicole Bockstaller, Communications Officer, IRENA, nbockstaller@irena.org; +971 2 41 79 951

Stay in touch with IRENA at www.twitter.com/irena, www.facebook.com/irena.org and www.linkedin.com/company/irena

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