Global Hydrogen Industry Association Hosts International Forum on Advancing Hydrogen Economy
Ilsan, South Korea – The Hydrogen Convergence Alliance (H2KOREA), an organization dedicated to the development and promotion of hydrogen-based technologies, is hosting the ‘Global Hydrogen Industry Association (GHIAA) International Forum’ at KINTEX in Ilsan. This event, held both online and offline, aims to accelerate the realization of a hydrogen-based economy through collaborative efforts.
The forum’s keynote speaker, Frank Wolak, Chairman of the Hydrogen Association of America (FCHEA), emphasized the crucial role of hydrogen in achieving carbon neutrality. Stressing the need for global cooperation, Wolak called upon countries from around the world to unite in revitalizing the hydrogen economy.
Lee Ok-heon, Director of Hydrogen Economy Policy at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, highlighted the significance of private sector collaboration in transitioning to a hydrogen-based economy. “To effectively combat climate change and achieve carbon neutrality, international cooperation is essential,” Lee noted, expressing the hope of establishing fruitful partnerships.
During the event, GHIAA member countries, including Argentina, Australia, China, Colombia, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Poland, presented updates on their hydrogen industries and policies. Notable presentations included the Australian Hydrogen Council’s (H2Council) elucidation of Australia’s hydrogen-related subsidy policy, the China Hydrogen Association’s (IHFCA) discussion on China’s decarbonization strategy through hydrogen, and the Colombian Hydrogen Association’s (H2Colombia) introduction of their green hydrogen production project. Moreover, Poland’s H2Council highlighted their collaborative hydrogen production policy with the European Union (EU).
The objective of this forum is to enhance understanding and exchange of hydrogen policies and technological advancements among governments and companies worldwide. H2KOREA aims to foster international collaboration and share best practices to accelerate the global transition towards a hydrogen-based economy.
Jae-do Moon, Chairman of H2KOREA and the GHIAA, emphasized the importance of cross-country information sharing in the pursuit of a global hydrogen economy. “Continued cooperation among GHIAA member countries is crucial in fostering a platform for knowledge exchange,” Moon stated. He affirmed H2KOREA’s commitment to organizing further forums and initiatives to facilitate international collaboration and knowledge transfer.
[월간수소경제 성은숙 기자] The Hydrogen Convergence Alliance (henceforth H2KOREA) announced on the 14th that it is holding the ‘Global Hydrogen Industry Association (GHIAA) International Forum’ at KINTEX in Ilsan.
This forum was held online and offline, and the slogan ‘Realizing the hydrogen economy through collective action’ was introduced.
Frank Wolak, Chairman of the Hydrogen Association of America (FCHEA), who delivered the main speech on this day, said, “Hydrogen is a vital energy for carbon neutrality,” and emphasized the united efforts of countries to revive the global hydrogen economy.
Lee Ok-heon, Director of Hydrogen Economy Policy at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, said, “International cooperation in the private sector is essential to transition to a hydrogen economy in order to respond to global climate change and achieve carbon neutrality.” I hope we can find something,” he said.
This forum was designed to present the current status of the hydrogen industry and the hydrogen policies of GHIAA member countries and to share technical information such as the status of green hydrogen production projects. The countries announced were eight: Argentina, Australia, China, Colombia, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Poland.
Among these, the Australian Hydrogen Council (H2Council) recently clarified Australia’s hydrogen-related subsidy policy. The China Hydrogen Association (IHFCA) presented China’s decarbonisation policy using hydrogen. In addition, the Colombian Hydrogen Association (H2Colombia) presented its own green hydrogen production project, and Poland (H2Council) explained its joint hydrogen production policy with the European Union (EU).
H2KOREA expects that through this forum, governments and companies will be able to understand hydrogen policies and technology trends in major countries and expand international policy and technology exchange in the future.
Jae-do Moon, Chairman of H2KOREA (Chairman of GHIAA) said, “In order to move towards a global hydrogen economy, the exchange of information collected by each country is very important.” He added, “We will continue to create a venue for information exchange like this forum through close cooperation among GHIAA member countries in the future.” “We will do our best,” he said.
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