U.S. Endorses Pivotal Declaration on Hydrogen Certification, DOE Deputy Secretary Turk Announces Groundbreaking Report in Support of Hydrogen Shot, SDG Compass for Hydrogen is Launched

During the 28th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) yesterday, the COP presidency announced the endorsement by 38 countries of the COP28 Declaration of Intent on the Mutual Recognition of Certification Schemes for Renewable and Low-Carbon Hydrogen and Hydrogen Derivatives. Recognizing the key role of clean hydrogen in global decarbonization and for meeting global energy needs, endorsers of the declaration seek to work toward mutual recognition of hydrogen certification schemes to help facilitate a global market. Learn more about this important declaration of intent.

Later in the day, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Secretary of Energy David M. Turk announced the findings of a report providing a rigorous assessment of the cost of producing clean hydrogen from thermal conversion of fossil and/or waste feedstocks (with carbon capture and storage). The report, which was developed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory and funded by the DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, provides a baseline of current costs, and examines ways to reduce costs across multiple thermal-conversion pathways. This Hydrogen Shot Technology Assessment: Thermal Conversion Approaches report is the first of three assessments of clean hydrogen production pathways for DOE's Hydrogen Shot™—it will be followed by similar reports on clean hydrogen produced via electrolysis and advanced pathways (e.g., photoelectrochemical, solar-thermochemical, and biological hydrogen production). Launched in June 2021, the Hydrogen Shot seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per kilogram by 2031. Learn more about this groundbreaking report.

DOE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Jeff Marootian spoke at another event, “Accelerating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Hydrogen,” where the SDG Compass for Hydrogen was launched. The compass initiative paves the way for a comprehensive SDG Roadmap for the Hydrogen Economy—a strategic pathway with time-bound actions enabling the hydrogen economy to contribute to the delivery of the SDGs and demonstrate its potentially transformative impact. PDAS Marootian also participated in a panel discussion on “Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions to Accelerate DEI in the Hydrogen Economy,” where he commended the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy and the Hydrogen Council for their launch of the pioneering H2 DEI platform earlier this year. Learn more about this event.