Since Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy was published November 2019, we’ve seen a raft of other national hydrogen strategies emerge around the world. Indeed, one author for H2 View described the situation earlier this year as, “Australia threw the stone in the pond, and the ripples are growing to become a tidal wave of change around the world. Hydrogen is flying to the top of the political agenda.”
2020 has undoubtedly been the year of unprecedented momentum in hydrogen markets, against the backdrop of an otherwise challenging nine months to date, and hydrogen is most definitely ascending to the summit of the political agenda – but is it that true of all corners of the globe?
In Europe, Norway (hydrogenstrategi) and Germany (Wasserstoffstrategie) both confirmed their hydrogen strategies in June, for example. In July, the EU unveiled its long-awaited hydrogen strategy aimed at decarbonising hydrogen production and expanding its use in sectors where it can replace fossil fuels. It also simultaneously launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance to deliver on that strategy.
China has its own hydrogen policy, Australia and New Zealand both have national hydrogen strategies, and Japan has had its Basic Hydrogen Strategy in place since 2017. These are just a handful of examples, and it must be said that some of those national strategies may have their critics in terms of the depth of ambition of their policy. Do they go far enough? Do they possess enough immediacy?
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