Realising Africa’s green hydrogen potential through government leadership
Major energy transition pathways identify green hydrogen as the most credible solution available today for decarbonizing heavy industry and transport sectors.
Six leading African countries, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa, have formed the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance to intensify collaboration and supercharge development of green hydrogen projects on the African continent.
The Alliance focuses on public and regulatory policy, capacity building, financing and certification needs to mobilise green hydrogen production
for domestic use and export.
Bringing African governments together to mobilise a unified African voice
in global climate and energy dialogues, the Alliance will generate new industry awareness, opportunities and action.
The Alliance is a platform for collaboration with the private sector, development finance institutions and civil society.
“With its huge renewable energy resource wealth and land space, Africa has a chance to become a frontrunner in this burgeoning green hydrogen industry, creating zero-emission jobs, domestic energy supplies and export revenues fit for a decarbonised future. But to get there, we need radical collaboration across the governments, the private sector and civil society to set the right policy and investment frameworks, and we need to secure long-term offtake agreements. The Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance will go a long way in fostering these developments.”
Nigel Topping and Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin,
UN Climate Change High-Level Champions
Delivering Africa’s Green Hydrogen Potential
Grasping the opportunities posed by a new African green hydrogen industry will require a concerted effort from diverse stakeholders. These include government ministries, project developers and financiers, financial institutions, civil society and academic institutions.
Visionary private sector partners and other international collaborators can offer expertise, capacity and access to capital. At the same time, they can work with host governments and local institutions to strengthen permitting processes and project structures that deliver on national priorities for sustainable development and economic growth.
While it is important to move fast, it is equally important that African countries and project developers sign durable contracts creating conditions for long-term stable investments. Transparency and stakeholder engagement needs will be essential to build broader trust and capabilities required for rapid, large-scale industry development.
The Leadership Alliance
The Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance was launched at the Global Green Hydrogen Assembly in May 2022.
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