The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and global private sector hydrogen organisation the Hydrogen Council have signed a joint declaration reinforcing ongoing collaboration, in particular, to support the development of global standards for hydrogen production.
This support includes, in particular, developing the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standard methodology for greenhouse-gas emissions assessment of hydrogen production, conditioning and transport developed by ISO, as well as capacity building for developing countries to enhance their contributions to and participation in global standard development.
The organisations also agreed to assess and identify best practices in maximising social value of the hydrogen economy in the emerging markets and developing countries, through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Roadmap for Hydrogen.
Further, the joint declaration is aimed at advancing public-private dialogue between decision-makers and CEOs in the framework of the International Hydrogen Trade Forum and support the forum activities, including with the Hydrogen Council insights.
“A truly global hydrogen economy will play a key role in supporting sustainable economic growth in emerging markets and transition economies and facilitating supply diversification for importing regions while accelerating decarbonisation.
“As we move from strategies and announcements to implementation on the ground, Unido and the Hydrogen Council advance close cooperation to help unlock environmental and socio-economic benefits of renewable hydrogen and derivatives internationally,” the organisations said.
“Creating in-country value and boosting green growth in prospective exporting regions in developing countries is crucial for both the industry and the importing regions seeking to diversify their supplies in hydrogen and derivatives going forward. Unlocking social value of hydrogen is integral to the organisational identities of the Hydrogen Council and Unido and we are excited to be moving ahead with implementation of a number of joint initiatives,” said Unido director-general Gerd Müller.
“Certification is a complex yet absolutely vital instrument to advance hydrogen projects’ delivery. Industrial leaders welcome and fully support the ongoing efforts in improving international cooperation and identifying solutions for mutual recognition of certification schemes being developed at national level,” said Hydrogen Council executive director Daryl Wilson.
“The Hydrogen Council was pleased to contribute to this 101 paper with insights and learnings from the real-world use cases of certification for compliance, as well as voluntary reporting and disclosure purposes by companies across geographies,” he added.