India sets clear path with new green hydrogen standards

The Indian Government, through the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has officially announced the Green Hydrogen Standard for the nation. This pivotal move clearly sets out the required emission thresholds for hydrogen to be recognized as “Green,” indicating its derivation from renewable resources. This latest standard includes definitions applicable to both electrolysis-based and biomass-based hydrogen production methodologies.

Following thorough consultations with various stakeholders, the Ministry has precisely defined “Green Hydrogen.” As per the standards, the full sequence of processes, from well-to-gate, including stages like water treatment, electrolysis, gas purification, drying, and hydrogen compression, should result in emissions not exceeding 2 kg CO2 equivalent per kilogram of H2.

Further detailing its approach, the notification highlights that the MNRE will set out a comprehensive method addressing measurement, reporting, monitoring, on-site verification, and certification of green hydrogen and its derivatives. Additionally, the responsibility for the accreditation of agencies assigned to monitor, verify, and certify Green Hydrogen production projects will lie with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power.

This long-anticipated announcement of the Green Hydrogen Standard offers much-needed clarity for the Green Hydrogen sector in India. This defining move positions India as one of the pioneering nations globally to introduce a formal definition for Green Hydrogen.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has embarked on a trajectory of multifaceted growth and development, setting itself apart on the global stage. Modi’s visionary policies emphasize not only technological advancements and infrastructure development but also highlight social inclusivity, economic sustainability, and holistic wellbeing of its citizens.

One of the hallmark initiatives, “Make in India,” has been instrumental in positioning India as a manufacturing hub, attracting significant foreign investments and bolstering job creation. Further, the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” or “Clean India Mission” showcases Modi’s commitment to sanitation and public health, ensuring that the benefits of progress reach the grassroots level.

The integration of the Green Hydrogen Standard aligns perfectly with PM Modi’s overarching vision of a sustainable and self-reliant India. His emphasis on renewable energy sources has made India one of the leaders in solar energy production, exemplified by the ambitious target of achieving 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022.

The push towards green initiatives, such as the Green Hydrogen Standard, is a testament to the government’s commitment to combat climate change and to ensure an environmentally sustainable future for India. As India continues on its growth trajectory, such visionary policies under PM Modi’s leadership ensure that the nation’s development is comprehensive, inclusive, and sustainable.

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