Research Briefing | Jun 7, 2022

Global: Hydrogen’s role in the transition to clean energy

A key component on the road to global net-zero is reducing the emissions of those hard-to-decarbonise sectors; chiefly, in heavy industry and long-distance transport, which require either high combustion temperatures or high energy content.

Low-carbon hydrogen, as a possible alternative to fossil fuels in this context, is therefore potentially critical for reaching net-zero and could play an important complementary and enabling role alongside clean electricity in decarbonising our global energy systems.

However, the hydrogen economy starts from a low base. Its applications today are mainly confined to industry and as a potential feedstock. Moreover, most of the hydrogen produced today comes at the cost of significant carbon emissions.

What you will learn:

  • How industry and transport could seem to offer the greatest potential for hydrogen use
  • The hydrogen and energy forecast till 2050
  • Applications for future hydrogen use

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