Momentum is building to scale up green hydrogen production in the Middle East and capitalise on rapidly increasing solar and wind capacity as the potential to support industrial decarbonisation and create a new export economy is better understood.
The UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure chose COP26 in Glasgow as the launchpad for its Hydrogen Leadership Roadmap. And earlier this month one of its senior officials said hydrogen will be ‘crucial to decarbonise industries, transportation, and the fossil fuel sector.”
For decades, the vast reserves of oil and gas which Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the UAE possess have driven the Middle East’s growth as a global economic powerhouse. And while the move away from fossil fuels is one of the biggest challenges facing the region if it is to maintain that position, there is little doubt that decisive action on hydrogen is needed.
A lengthy track record of exploration, production and investment in technological expertise in the oil and gas industries is now positioning many of the region’s countries as pathfinders in the transition to more sustainable forms of energy.
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