Germany and India in ground-breaking green hydrogen deal

Germany’s Minister of Economic and Climate Affairs Robert Habeck and his Indian counterpart RK Singh have signed a ground-breaking agreement on German-Indian hydrogen cooperation.

The cooperation agreement aims to establish a task force to promote the creation of a close links between the government, industry and research institutes of both countries. Furthermore, a roadmap with specific joint measures to support the increase of green hydrogen production will be developed.

Additionally, the task force will work on exchanging know-how on hydrogen regulation, safety procedures and sustainability criteria.

“The expansion of green hydrogen production and application will serve the common long-term goal of driving the ramp-up of green hydrogen, making it commercially viable,” explained Habeck.

“As part of our energy partnership with India, we have agreed to work together in more depth on developing innovative solutions for sustainable green hydrogen production. An important milestone in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels,” he added.

Citing India’s fortuitous location for producing renewable energy, India could become a global player in exporting green hydrogen, Habeck’s economy and climate ministry explained.

The latest agreement follows that by the European Investment Bank (EIB) last month, which signed an agreement to provide EUR800 million in funding for clean energy projects in India.

In 2021, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his intention to make India a “Global Hub” for green hydrogen.

The Germany-India hydrogen agreement follows Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s trip to Japan at the end of April. During his inaugural visit to Asia, Scholz had reportedly pushed to have hydrogen cooperation on the agenda.

“Germany and Japan are already technology leaders in many areas when it comes to the energy transition. Within the framework of our energy partnership, we will further deepen this cooperation. Hydrogen plays a very decisive role in this, also for industrial use,” Scholz said in Tokyo on 28 April.

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