Policy Pillar: Focus on Asia

Earlier this year, H2 View explored the respective policy pictures in China, India and South Korea among others, piecing together the puzzle of Asia’s hydrogen economy. This month our focus is on Asia as whole, where arguably some of the biggest potential exists for renewable hydrogen production and export.

The largest continent on Earth, Asia covers around 9% of the Earth’s total surface area (or 30% of its land area) and has the longest coastline (around 62,800km). Definitions of the geography and boundaries of Asia vary and have evolved through the centuries, but it is commonly accepted that Asia is located to the east of the Suez Canal and the Ural Mountains, and south of the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian and Black Seas.

Bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Indian Ocean and on the north by the Arctic Ocean, Asia comprises a vast geography and wealth of natural resources – from access to oceans and associated wind and hydropower, to sprawling deserts and mountain ranges that lend themselves to intense solar power potential. All of which points to considerable promise for green and low-carbon hydrogen production.

Such access to oceans, trade routes and waterways (the Yangtze River in China is the longest river in the continent) not only illustrates the underlying opportunity in hydrogen mobility applications, but the considerable export potential for green hydrogen and ammonia.

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