British Columbia has become the first Canadian province to launch a hydrogen strategy to help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Launched on Tuesday (July 6), the strategy prioritises scaling up renewable hydrogen production, establishing regional hydrogen hubs and deploying medium- and heavy-duty fuel cell vehicles.
Part of CleanBC, the strategy include 63 actions for government, industry and innovators to undertake during the shot term (2020-25), medium term (2025-30) and long term (2030 and beyond).
To deliver such actions, the province will support the strategy with further investments announced as part of Budget 2021, including $10m over three years to develop policy on reducing the carbon intensity of fuel and advancing the hydrogen economy.
Commenting on the launch, Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, said, “With our clean electricity, abundant natural resources and innovative companies, B.C. can be a world leader in the growing hydrogen economy – creating new clean-tech jobs and opportunities for people across the province.
“This strategy lays out the actions we will take together to realise this vision on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.”
By carrying out a number of actions laid out in the strategy, it is hoped that the implementation of hydrogen in BC can reduce the province’s emissions by 7.2 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050.
Looking at how and where this will be implemented, just 70% of B.C.’s end-use energy demand is currently met through fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and natural gas, and hydrogen will play an important role in helping transform this.
With focus on hydrogen mobility, British Columbia hopes to grow the sector with programmes such as the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act and Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Further to that, HydroBC subsidiary Powertech Labs has said it will construct and operate a light-duty hydrogen fuelling station that will also produce hydrogen onsite through electrolysis.
A specialist on hydrogen infrastructure, Colin Armstrong, President and CEO, Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation, and Chair of HydroBC said, “The momentum we’re seeing in this province is the direct result of our sector’s commitment to collaboration, and Hydrogen BC is a great example of this in action.
“This public-private partnership has a very diverse membership – and yet, we are all united in our efforts to accelerate the commercialisation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. From expanding BC’s fuelling network to helping heavy industry decarbonise, working together we are building the low-carbon future we want to live in and leave behind for future generations.”
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