‘Guiding principles’ for zero-carbon hydrogen launched

With the intention of providing Earth with an alternative to carbon as a fuel and to focus on the limitless potential inherent in hydrogen, today the United Nations High-Level Champions for Climate Action, Gonzalo Muoz and Nigel Topping, and the United Nations (UN) The global partners of the Marrakech Partnership have published the results of a months-long collaboration as seven guiding principles to strengthen and ground-level discussions on the role of hydrogen in decarbonization efforts.

Indeed, the United Nations, in consultation with civil society, has prepared seven “Guiding Principles for Climate-Aligned Hydrogen Deployment”. These principles are intended to support effective public, private and civil society stakeholder engagement on the development of hydrogen strategies, policies and business cases. The Marrakech Partnership Climate Action Pathway for 2021 marks how the energy sector should be transformed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 while limiting warming to 1.5 °C.

These principles call for a focus on the use of zero carbon hydrogen where other solutions such as efficiency and direct, renewable electrification are unavailable. They also argue for advancing renewable hydrogen as the only hydrogen compatible with climate goals.

Expert partners from the United Nations and the Marrakech Partnership who participated in the consultation process include: The Energy Transitions Commission, International Energy Agency, International Renewable Energy Agency (International Renewable Energy Agency). Energy Agency), E3G, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, International Trade Union Confederation (International Trade Union Confederation), Natural Resources Defense Council (Natural Resources Defense Council), Stockholm Environment Institute (Stockholm Environmental Institute) ), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), and the World Wildlife Fund (World Wildlife Fund).

Further, Manish Bapna, President and CEO (Natural Resources Defense Council) of NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) says, “Hydrogen is an important factor in addressing global climate change by helping us tackle the most challenging sectors of our economy. But an overzealous rush toward hydrogen that ignores its serious risks could turn one potential climate solution into another climate problem. We cannot let that happen. New theories make an important contribution— They explain important railroads (boundaries) to ensure that hydrogen is deployed only in a way that is climate-safe and protects our health and communities. This is a valuable playbook for policymakers. “

International cooperation between business, policymakers and civil society can be strengthened through adherence to these principles to provide the United Nations Breakthrough Outcomes in decarbonizing end-use sectors with near-zero carbon energy sources. can be done. This includes:

Focusing on the use of near-zero carbon hydrogen where other solutions such as efficiency and direct, renewable electrification are not available;

Full lifecycle emissions and pollution accounting and stricter carbon intensity thresholds;

Adopting renewable hydrogen as the only resource reliably compatible with climate goals, while ensuring that any fossil-based hydrogen meets the high burden of proof through reliable and independent lifecycle emissions monitoring and mitigation Is.

Ensuring proactive inclusive and thoughtful workforce transition, pursuit of equity in international development, and a focus on socioeconomic and health outcomes

The United Nations High Level Champions and Marrakech Partnership are set to receive additional input and thinking on principles. These principles and the underlying research may be updated in future years to reflect additional research, analysis and experiences, as it emerges.

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