Green hydrogen is fast becoming topic of global interest among environmentalists, energy experts and governments, as the world looks towards more environmental friendly forms of energy.

Green hydrogen refers to hydrogen fuel that is created using renewable energy rather than fossil fuels, producing only water as a by-product. It can be in gas or liquid form and can be converted into electricity, and is quickly emerging as a potential solution for sectors such as aviation, marine shipping and other heavy industries. Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy represents a co-benefit in terms of reduction of greenhouse gases and reducing pollution from fossil fuels that continues to cause harm to many in the developing world.

In the midst of several plans and programmes in SADC, towards advancing green hydrogen development in Southern Africa, the Namibian Government and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany (BMBF) signed a Joint Communique of Intent (JCoI) on 25th of August 2021 to promote cooperation in the fields of green hydrogen and its associated derivatives, renewable electricity and associated infrastructure development.

The JCoI identified three main key areas in Namibia, namely development of A National Green Hydrogen Strategy, pilot projects implementation and Capacity Building (Scholarships).

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) has been accorded the privilege by BMBF to coordinate all renewable energy and green hydrogen projects in SADC.

For further information, kindly visit the JCoI website