UAE-UK Partnership Can Unlock Potential of Clean Hydrogen: Report

UAE-UK Partnership Can Unlock Potential of Clean Hydrogen: Report

The report draws on insights and studies from nearly 100 international hydrogen experts to prioritise 39 areas

The United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom have a global leadership opportunity in developing clean hydrogen, through a broad collaboration involving policy, innovation, trade, and investment, according to a new report launched today.

The report is a joint initiative between the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) and Zest Associates, a UAE-based sustainability consultancy, and sponsored by HSBC.

It draws on insights and studies from nearly 100 international hydrogen experts to prioritise 39 areas across policies, innovation, investment, infrastructure, supply, demand and skills, adding substantially to the world’s body of knowledge on the subject. Initial findings were shared at the World Green Economy Summit 2022.

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H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of WGEO said: “We remain committed to achieve our wise leadership’s vision and directives to foster transition towards the green economy.

"We have an ambitious strategy in place to produce and leverage green hydrogen, which represents one of the pillars of a sustainable future that depends on accelerating the transition to carbon neutrality to support a green economy.

"This study is part of our efforts to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050."

By 2050, hydrogen is estimated to deliver more than $8.7 billion annually to the UAE economy, and $14.8 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK, as well as over 100,000 new jobs in each country under high-adoption scenarios.

These opportunities are driving multibillion-dollar investments individually and jointly, through bilateral agreements such as the strategic partnership between bp, ADNOC and Masdar to build low carbon hydrogen hubs like the UK’s H2Teesside.

“By working together, the UAE and UK can harness hydrogen’s enormous economic potential and lead the global low carbon transition,” said Sabrin Rahman, Managing Director and Head of Sustainability for Europe and the Middle East at HSBC.

“The International Energy Agency estimates that $1.2 trillion of investment in hydrogen will be needed by 2030 to reach net zero. At HSBC, we recognise the huge potential of this sector and we’re working with partners and policymakers to develop the clean hydrogen ecosystem as part of a net zero future.”

“Clean hydrogen is an opportunity to grow and diversify the economies of the UAE and UK whilst making progress on their net zero commitments," said Jeffrey Beyer, Managing Director at Zest Associates and the report’s author.

“Both countries are already the strongest hydrogen partners globally and should enhance this special relationship via bilateral platforms to coordinate hydrogen supply chains, research and demonstration initiatives for new hydrogen technologies.

"The UAE and UK agreeing a common method for measuring the emissions intensity of hydrogen can be a first step to creating a robust global standard that ensures hydrogen delivers its low carbon promise.”

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