“Leading the green hydrogen era together”. Under this slogan, the Green Hydrogen Global Assembly and Exhibition 2022 took place in Barcelona on 17 and 18 May, with the participation of Enagás Chief Executive Officer Arturo Gonzalo and other stakeholders from the energy sector and international governments. The event, organised by the Green Hydrogen Organisation - GH2 and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, was held in a hybrid format and aimed to galvanise global action for the deployment of green hydrogen.
After the speech of the Third Vice President of the Government of Spain and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of Spain, Teresa Ribera, and the Chair of the Green Hydrogen Organisation, Malcolm Turnbull, Arturo Gonzalo participated in the “Launching the GH2 Green Hydrogen Standard” panel, which officially presented a new global standard created by the association to accelerate the development of renewable hydrogen.
In his speech, the Chief Executive Officer of Enagás pointed out that the global standard will provide confidence to the emerging market and facilitate the growth of the renewable hydrogen economy, as this energy carrier is key to Europe’s decarbonisation and energy security. Having a standard will help to meet the targets set by the European Commission’s REPowerEU plan, set at 20 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030, of which Europe will have to import 10 MTn from third countries.
Gonzalo also highlighted the European Hydrogen Backbone initiative, of which Enagás is a member along with 31 other European TSOs, which will contribute to guaranteeing uniformity throughout the future hydrogen network, based to a large extent on the current gas network.
The Enagás Chief Executive Officer highlighted the work carried out in this regard by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, in line with the European Union, to create a system of guarantees of origin for renewable gases in Spain, through a Royal Decree that was approved that same day by the Council of Ministers.
The Green Hydrogen Global Assembly also served as a launching point for innovative measures such as the announcement of the 100 by 2030 Campaign, the Green Hydrogen Contracting for People and Planet Guidance, the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance and the COP27 Call to Action.