UNECE plan to develop hydrogen classification system that ‘goes beyond colour’

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced it is planning to develop an international hydrogen classification system, that “goes beyond colours”.

H2 View understands that the Committee on Sustainable Energy discussed a draft ‘comprehensive and science-based terminology classification and taxonomy for hydrogen’ which seeks to extend the UN Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to all hydrogen projects and production technologies.

The proposal aims to facilitate discussion on a classification of hydrogen that goes beyond colours, in a hope to catalyse low-carbon and renewable hydrogen production and facilitate its international trade.

UNECE has argued that the current colour coding of hydrogen – green, pink, blue, grey, etc, convey little information about how associated carbon dioxide emissions, or other economic and social consequences of hydrogen production.

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