Press Release

Group led by Brazil will establish requirements for certification of hydrogen at the international level

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2022


November 29, 2022

This is a machine translation of the press release originally published in Portuguese. 

This Tuesday (29) marks the official start of the working group's journey that will establish international requirements for the certification of hydrogen, considered the fuel of the future. The initiative led by Brazil, through representatives of the Electric Energy Trading Chamber – CCEE, aims to define the criteria that will be taken into account so that the input can be considered low carbon, boosting the global market for the product and ensuring its benefits for the energy transition in the world.

The effort brings together leaders from the electricity sector in Australia, Canada, Spain, the United States, the Netherlands, Israel, Italy and the United Kingdom. The intention is, by 2024, to provide guidelines that can be used by companies that are commercializing hydrogen and its derivatives on all continents. According to Ricardo Gedra, manager of Analysis and Market Information at CCEE, Brazil has the potential to become one of the largest exporters of the raw material and, therefore, needs to have a voice in the global debate on the subject.

“We are already leaders in renewable energy production, a key part of helping the planet, especially those countries with ambitious decarbonization goals. Now, we are going to defend, at the international level, interests that will certainly attract new businesses, generate jobs and income for the population, in addition to maintaining our electricity sector as one of the most sustainable”, says Gedra.

This initiative will also be important for the debate on the regulation of hydrogen in Brazil, which is taking place in the National Hydrogen Program, led by the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The country's participation in the global sphere will make the definitions established here adhere to what is being practiced around the world.

It was the Chamber itself that proposed the creation of the working group on hydrogen in the International Committee for the Production and Transmission of Electric Energy – CIGRE, the largest global community in the sector, in September. The first meeting of experts took place today, with the presentation of those involved and a debate on the schedule, the scope of the initiative and the first activities of the group.

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