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Hydrogen key collaboration opportunity for S. Korea, Australia: Ambassador

July 5, 2021 - 09:28 By Sanjay Kumar
Australian Ambassador to Korea Catherine Raper delivers opening remarks in a hybrid conference co-hosted by Global Green Growth Institute and the Australian Embassy in Seoul on Tuesday. (Sanjay Kumar/Korea Herald)
Hydrogen is at the forefront of collaboration opportunities between S. Korea and Australia, Australian Ambassador Catherine Raper said during an event co-hosted by the Global Green Growth Institute and the Australian Embassy in Seoul on Tuesday.

“There is very much global momentum to develop the hydrogen economy- momentum that’s been created by global agreement on the need to address climate change,” Raper said.

“So, as advanced and industrialized nations, Australia and Korea need to invest in sectors that can both accelerate emissions reductions and support jobs in communities as they recover from economic impacts of the ongoing pandemic.”

Energy sector experts from South Korea, Indonesia and Australia stressed green hydrogen projects, green technologies and resource mobilization.

Green hydrogen is hydrogen made using renewable energy, rather than using fossil fuels.

According to GGGI Director-General Frank Rijsberman, connecting Australia, Korea and Indonesia would bring green hydrogen projects, pointing out that the International Energy Agency believed these would provide the solution to decarbonizing “hard-to-decarbonize” sectors, and may well be a solution for energy storage.

H2 Korea CEO Sungbok Kim and Fortescue Future Industries CEO Julie Shuttleworth shared a strategic road map for the hydrogen economy and its role in supporting emissions-free value chains to achieve carbon neutrality.

“Green Hydrogen is expected to take up 25 percent of all renewable energy in 2050. … If we look at the potential expansion of green energy, we can consider this source of energy and this would be the area we could consider for financing & policy development,” GGGI Assistant Director-General Shin Kyung-nam said at the event, citing the European Commission’s Green Hydrogen Strategy.

He emphasized the potential for expansion of Green Hydrogen in the Asia-Pacific and the role of GGGI to broker financing & policy development for sustainable energy innovation.

At the event, KOGAS announced the establishment of a hydrogen business headquarters, status and prospects for collaboration with GGGI and shared South Korea’s experience. KOGAS is preparing a foundation of the hydrogen business and operating a designated hydrogen center.