Southeast Asia’s green hydrogen build-out should be second to renewables, study says

Renewable energy deployment should be prioritised over green hydrogen development in Southeast Asia but hydrogen should be reserved for “no-regret” hard-to-abate applications, according to a new report by Agora.

Despite governments across the region increasingly viewing hydrogen as a key pillar of decarbonisation strategies, the Agora paper said renewables-based direct electrification will play a more prominent role in future energy systems.

“Southeast Asia urgently needs to ramp up renewable energy production to reduce its demand for fossil fuels, instead of betting on a wholesale switch to hydrogen,” said Dimitri Pescia, Director Southeast Asia at Agora Energiewende.

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