Hydrogen

Context

To achieve the commitments under the Paris Agreement, a fundamental transformation of systems for their decarbonization and low-carbon growth is required. At its heart, is the need to reduce energy-related and process emissions to tackle climate change.

More than 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions stem from industry. A carbon-neutral industrial development plays a fundamental role in achieving the ambitious target of net-zero by 2050. Innovative technologies like hydrogen will play critical role in decarbonizing industry, especially the energy-intensive sectors such as cement, chemicals and steel. 

Green hydrogen can contribute to a clean, carbon-neutral industry and can be a long-term option for energy storage on a large scale. Green hydrogen can help developing countries and emerging economies achieve energy transition, enhance their national energy security, and address climate mitigation objectives. 

As hydrogen technologies are increasingly maturing and prices are becoming competitive, it becomes urgent to develop and apply conducive policies, robust legal frameworks, and coherent international standards for the global uptake of Green Hydrogen.

UNIDO at the forefront of industry decarbonization

In line with its mandate, UNIDO supports the Member States in their efforts towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development and is committed to take the lead in promoting an inclusive energy transition.  

With its long-standing experience in renewable energy projects and the application of clean energy technology in industry, UNIDO successfully collaborates with a wide range of partners globally supporting industries in their pathway to net zero.

"UNIDO has vast experience working with renewable energy and hydrogen. The organization has been a pioneer within the hydrogen sector and previously collaborated with different stakeholders to promote hydrogen". – said LI Yong at the Vienna Energy Forum 2021. 

UNIDO strategy for promoting green hydrogen in industry

Recognizing the growing importance of Green Hydrogen, UNIDO launched a global Programme to foster the application of green hydrogen in industry in July 2021. The programme is formed by two pillars:

  • The first pillar is the Global Partnership for Hydrogen in Industry. It aims to accelerate global strategic dialogue. It will enhance the exchange, development and distribution of knowledge on policies, technical guidelines and standards.

UNIDO sees crucial importance in developing collaborations between different stakeholders across the globe, including the public and private sectors, financial organizations, and academia to ensure inclusive energy transition and that nobody is left behind.

  • The second pillar is technical cooperation through which UNIDO will promote the industrial application and up take of green hydrogen. UNIDO together with industries and governments in developing and transition countries will design and implement national industrial green hydrogen roadmaps and pilot projects. This includes building-up green hydrogen clusters and value chains, and advancing sector coupling in industrial zones and parks.

Both pillars will be supported by the International Hydrogen Energy Centre in Beijing that UNIDO launched together with the Chinese Government. The Centre will operate as a knowledge partner by supporting technology research, development and application as well as by building-up green hydrogen economies.

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UNIDO's Global Programme for Green Hydrogen in Industry
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Gerd Müller's message at the Hydrogen Congress for Brazil
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Statement by UNIDO Director General Gerd Müller at the World Power - to - X Summit

Highlights

  • UNIDO INFORMS MEMBER STATES ON HYDROGEN-RELATED OPPORTUNITIES
    UNIDO INFORMS MEMBER STATES ON HYDROGEN-RELATED OPPORTUNITIES

    VIENNA, 6 JULY 2022 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) provided its Member States with an online introduction to the different types of colour-based hydrogen (for example green and blue) together with a classification that quantifies the hydrogen’s CO2 content or carbon

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  • Advancing the Green Hydrogen Economy
    Advancing the Green Hydrogen Economy

    A Special Session - as part of the 8th Global Review of Aid for Trade. Watch the video here. More information here.

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  • Director General speaks at Morocco's green hydrogen conference
    Director General speaks at Morocco's green hydrogen conference

    MARRAKESH, 22 June 2022 - Director General Gerd Müller delivered an opening address at the World PtX Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco. The World PtX Summit is organized in a joint effort between the Moroccan Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) and the Mohammed VI Polytechn

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  • UNIDO TO ACCELERATE AND SCALE-UP HYDROGEN USE, INCLUDING PRODUCTION, TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE
    UNIDO TO ACCELERATE AND SCALE-UP HYDROGEN USE, INCLUDING PRODUCTION, TRANSPORTATION AND STORAGE

    VIENNA, 22 JUNE 2022 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Hydrogen Energy Centre (IHEC) organized a virtual Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on capacity building and to establish a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). “There are numerous activities

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  • IHEC to launch another green hydrogen flagship programme in Inner Mongolia
    IHEC to launch another green hydrogen flagship programme in Inner Mongolia

    Photo: IHEC Since its inception on 7 July 2021, and with the support of the Government of China and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Hydrogen Energy Centre (IHEC) has been promoting the development of hydrogen energy, including through the world's largest demonstration project – jointly led by IHEC and Beijing Sinohytec – of hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as more than 850 hydrogen fuel cell buses were used to transport athletes and officials with 9 green hydrogen refueling stations built in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province. In total, the buses operated over 3.2 million kilometers and consumed around 200 tons of green hydrogen, which saved an estimated 2,000 tons of carbon.

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  • UNIDO and Morocco reinforce partnership to drive green industrial development
    UNIDO and Morocco reinforce partnership to drive green industrial development

    RABAT, 16 May 2022 – Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is making an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco to discuss future cooperation between UNIDO and Morocco.

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  • Leonore Gewessler, Minister of Climate Action (Austria)
    Leonore Gewessler, Minister of Climate Action (Austria)

    Supporting message at the inauguration of the UNIDO's Global Partnership for Hydrogen Application in industry. Watch here.

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  • Gerd Mueller - Supporting message at the inauguration of the UNIDO's Global Partnership for Hydrogen Application in industry
    Gerd Mueller - Supporting message at the inauguration of the UNIDO's Global Partnership for Hydrogen Application in industry

    Supporting message at the inauguration of the UNIDO's Global Partnership for Hydrogen Application in industry Watch here.

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  • Side event on “Drivers for the global up-take of green hydrogen in industry”
    Side event on “Drivers for the global up-take of green hydrogen in industry”

    During this discussion, different stakeholders gathered to discuss the key drivers for the global application of GH2 in industry. Watch here.

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