UAE MoEI commissions Germany’s GHD to develop ‘National Hydrogen Strategy’

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) has signed an agreement with GHD Group, in partnership with the Germany-based Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, in order to develop its National Hydrogen Strategy.

As part of the UAE’s Hydrogen Roadmap and the ongoing commitment to decarbonization and energy transition, the National Hydrogen Strategy will help establish the UAE’s hydrogen vision and inform its policy decisions as one of its energy-mix diversification strategies and Net-Zero targets by 2050.

Mr. Sharif Al Olama, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, stated that, “As the global Hydrogen economy accelerates through technological innovation, partnerships, and investment commitments, Hydrogen could be a decarbonization solution that provides multiple market opportunities across electricity, transportation, and mobility, and the industrial sectors. The UAE recognizes that crucial elements must be in place for a booming hydrogen-based economy, including the proper infrastructure, technological readiness, and market access.”

Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei
Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei
UAE Minister of Energy & Infrastructure

“We remain focused on our goal of capturing 25 percent of the most important hydrogen market. Our ambition is to see the UAE become a world-leading authority on the role of hydrogen in the energy transition. GHD had initially collaborated with the MoEI to assess the critical elements necessary to establish a hydrogen strategy in the UAE. GHD’s scope for developing and implementing the National Hydrogen Strategy is expected to set the direction for a hydrogen economy across the UAE.”

For his part, Mr. Bassam Halabi, GHD’s Regional Manager for the UAE, commented, “GHD looks forward to collaborating with the UAE government in developing its National Hydrogen Strategy in partnership with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. We are committed to leading and supporting our clients, partners, and communities in the transition to the future with affordable, reliable, secure, and low-carbon energy.”

“GHD’s partnership with the Germany-based Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to develop the UAE National Hydrogen Strategy presents a unique opportunity to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the UAE and Germany through contributions to the UAE’s Net Zero ambition,” Mr. Halabi added.

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