Clean Hydrogen Use Gaining Momentum in Countries
Less than two months after arguably the most important summit on climate change in history, countries are considering ways to slow global warming and steer the world toward a more optimistic environmental future. Some of the measures that leaders agreed to take at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, or COP26, are nothing new: phasing down the use of coal power, halting deforestation and cutting methane emissions.
One other part of the solution might not be front-of-mind for everyday people, but experts say it is gaining momentum. Scaling up the use of hydrogen – particularly the clean kind – could be a key element of the future of renewable energy, and countries from Australia to Germany to Japan have already set ambitious targets.
“If you were at COP in Glasgow, where all the climate folks were, hydrogen was by far the most used word,” says Marco Alverà, the CEO of Snam, an Italian energy infrastructure company. “If you talk to new energy experts, they will all say that hydrogen is the future.”