BDE: What are the next steps to reach that goal?
Wouter Vanhoudt: Within the next 12-18 months, the CertifHy project will define the scheme’s governance, as well as its processes and procedures over the entire GO life cycle: from auditing hydrogen production plants, certification of Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen production batches through issuing and trading.
BDE: How far have you already come?
Wouter Vanhoudt: Between 2014 and 2016, the CertifHy project developed a Europe-wide definition of Green Hydrogen, a hydrogen GO scheme and an implementation roadmap. To prepare the final GO-scheme, the phase that begins now is about gaining knowledge from testing the EU-wide Green and Low Carbon GOs scheme by implementing the pilot projects.
BDE: What can I use Green Hydrogen for?
Wouter Vanhoudt: Green Hydrogen is produced with a minimal impact on natural resources. Using Green hydrogen will allow consumers to increase the renewable share of their feedstock and reduce GHG emissions at the same time. This holds potential for various industries like the (petro-) chemical, steel, semiconductor, food processing, glass producing and the transportation industries. Great opportunities are indicated, as it is expected that 50-60% of all hydrogen for the growing market of transportation will originate from renewable or low-carbon sources by 2030.
BDE: Are there different kind of qualities?
Wouter Vanhoudt: The GO-scheme will classify the hydrogen into two qualities: CertifHy Green or Low Carbon hydrogen. The classification will depend on the feedstock used as well as the efficiency of the production process. CertifHy Green Hydrogen refers to hydrogen generated by the use of renewable energy inducing carbon emissions below the market-relevant benchmark. CertifHy Low Carbon Hydrogen will be generated by non-renewable energy with emissions below the same threshold.
BDE: What do I have to do, if I want to offer Green Hydrogen to my customers?
Wouter Vanhoudt: Hydrogen producers that provide Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen can register their plant in the GO system. An auditor will validate the batch and issue GOs that are ready for trade. Traders will then have the opportunity to trade GOs on the market.
BDE: What is your take on the future of Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen?
Wouter Vanhoudt: The energy transition is in progress and hydrogen energy is one of the bricks necessary to reach the decarbonisation goals of the Paris Agreement. As an energy carrier or chemical feedstock, hydrogen allows decarbonizing various industries. It can also be utilized as an energy storage solution for energy from peaks of intermittent renewable energy sources. CertifHy GOs are the key to developing the hydrogen market, improving business cases, empowering consumers and creating market pull. Hydrogen will be of central importance for the energy transition and for the energy system in general.
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