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According to BloombergNEF, hydrogen could meet up to 24% of the world’s energy needs by 2050. Currently, the demand for pure hydrogen is around 70 Mt per year. It is mostly used for oil refining and chemical production. This hydrogen is primarily produced from natural gas and coal, and associated CO2 emissions are significant. Hydrogen experienced a strong push in the past. Today, countries are announcing national strategies to support the hydrogen industry. Will the policies and investments today create a feasible environment for hydrogen to be part of the energy transition? 

Between October 26 and 27, 2020, the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) will co-host a series of virtual sessions on the hydrogen economy aiming at answering the following questions:

  • How will hydrogen move from a niche industrial feedstock today to a means to achieve net-zero CO2 across the energy sector? 
  • Which countries will secure the global leadership role on hydrogen? Which feedstocks will dominate the coming decade? When will large scale international trade in hydrogen become a reality?
  • How are industrial players overcoming technological risks, cost and policy uncertainty?

Agenda and Speakers

October 26 | Geneva (GMT +2) 2 pm | Beijing (UTC +8) 9 pm

Welcome and introduction 

Are we at the start of the age of hydrogen?  Which countries and industries are leading  the way?

Moderator: ​Peter Wooders, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) 


●    Introduction to the hydrogen economy, Peter Wooders, ISID
●    Global perspectives on the hydrogen economy, Antoine Vagneur-Jones, BNEF
●    What’s behind Germany’s EUR 9 billion to spend as a strategy?, tbc.
●    Clean Hydrogen Alliance, Noam Boussidan, WEF

October 27 | Geneva (GMT +2) 2 pm | Beijing (UTC +8) 9 pm

Workshop 1

Present prospects for industrial use of hydrogen 

Moderator: ​Richard Bridle, International  Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


  • Current status of industrial hydrogen: Uses, trends and prospects, Mark Zacharias, Clean Energy Canada
  • Market outlook for industrial hydrogen in China, Mr. Dang Yanbao, Baofeng Energy Group
  • Project experience of industrial hydrogen, Samuel Perez Ramirez, Iderdrola


October 27 | Geneva (GMT +2) 3.30 pm | Beijing (UTC +8) 10.30 pm

Workshop 2

Which transport sectors are on the brink of a hydrogen transition?

Moderator: ​Mostafa Mostafa,​ ​International  Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


  • A challenge for hydrogen mobility combining local and global cooperation, Prof. Jean-Pierre Ponssard, Professor of Economics – École Polytechnique
  • Transportation in North America, Prof. Michael B McElroy, Harvard
  • Transportation in Canada, Dr. Stefan Bauer, Clean Energy Canada, and Dr. David Layzell, Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR)

Practical Information

Monday, October 26 2:00 pm–Tuesday, October 27, 2020 4:30 pm CEST

via Zoom


Please register here