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Green Hydrogen for Sustainable Industrial Development: A Policy Toolkit for Developing Countries

Publication Year: 2024

Author(s): United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)


This report challenges the prevailing narrative that green hydrogen is primarily a product for export from renewable-rich and industry-poor countries; rather, it underscores green hydrogen’s potential as a catalyst for sustainable development within developing countries that can contribute to economic growth, environmental sustainability and social progress. A central theme of the report is the promotion of a transition approach to green hydrogen development. Emphasising the importance of policy coordination, it introduces a ‘clover approach’ comprising four key elements: prioritising local use of green hydrogen; alignment with national objectives; starting with small-to medium-sized projects; and the phased implementation of green hydrogen production and applications. This approach ensures that green hydrogen production contributes to sustainable development, technological advancement and job creation in developing countries. 

Publisher/Organisation: UNIDO, IRENA, IDOS


Theme: Sustainable transportation | Subtheme: Energy

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