Webinar Series: Green hydrogen legislation and contracting - for people and planet

The Green Hydrogen Organisation (GH2) and partners are launching a guidance portal and webinar series on good practices in green hydrogen legislation and contracting.  

The guidance has been developed by a group of leading law firms, project developers, governments and civil society organisations to move faster to establish commonly accepted good practices.  

Between January and June, practitioners and experts will deep-dive into topics such as legislation and regulatory developments, land and infrastructure access, financing and fiscal terms, community engagement and transparency, sustainable development outcomes and local content, offtake agreements and pricing clauses, and dispute resolution mechanisms. 

Join us in moving faster towards a sustainable green hydrogen economy! 

Title: Acquiring and using land for green hydrogen projects

Date: Wednesday, 8th February 2023

Time: 14:00-15:00 CET

If the green hydrogen economy is to realise its full potential, it is vital for stakeholders to carefully consider land acquisition and use issues. This is not just a legal matter. A good relationship with local communities often hinges on appropriate and considerate land acquisition and use. This includes using lessons that have already been learnt from the extractive and renewable energy industries. The economic costs of not doing can be high. In addition to economic losses, land use conflicts may also bring significant reputational damage, as well as litigation and liability risk, as a result of heightened awareness and scrutiny of environmental, social and governance-related matters.  

The webinar will provide a brief overview of key issues that stakeholders will need to consider when determining how green hydrogen projects should structure land acquisition and use, together with a review of some emerging good practices decisions makers may wish to consider. This includes ensuring it is clear to project developers what approvals and permits are needed, clear environmental regulations, and ensure appropriate compensation for land owned by private parties or inhabited by local communities. 

Brief presentation: Mark Russell, Partner, Linklaters 

Discussion and Q&A kicked off by: 

  • Sebastian Delgui, LAC Manager, FFI 

  • CCSI 

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Title: Engaging communities and ensuring transparency in green hydrogen projects 

Date: Wednesday, 22nd February 2023

Time: 14:00-15:00 CET

In countries hosting large-scale green hydrogen projects, it is highly likely that expectations and hopes for green goods and energy, money, and jobs will be high. It is critical that project developers start engaging local communities early and deeply. Communities should be consulted with from the outset and need to know that they are heard, understood and valued throughout the project. The inherent dignity and importance of local communities should be a guiding principle of project development. 

The webinar will present international standards and guidelines for governments and project developers that can be applied to green hydrogen projects. Drawing on the guidance, it will consider lessons learned from good practice in other sectors and from emerging experience in green hydrogen. It will touch on key issues including compliance with environmental and social standards, social impact assessment and plans, anti-corruption, local development agreements and transparency. 

Presentation by: Susan Maples, Counsel, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle 

Discussion and Q&A kicked off by: 

  • Ernst Muller, Senior Associate (ESG EMEA), Herbert Smith Freehills 

  • Rushaiya Ibrahim-Tanko, Project Director, PPA Transparency, Energy for Growth Hub 

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