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Hydrogen: enabling the energy transition and the pathways to net-zero emissions

September 2021

Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the aims of the Paris Agreement requires global action from all sectors of society. Achieving the ambitions of the Paris Agreement will not be possible through electrification of the energy system alone, especially for those countries aiming to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. In the transition to a low-carbon economy, hydrogen could play a key role.

IPIECA’s new Hydrogen: enabling the energy transition and the pathways to net-zero emissions document provides a broad overview of technology and areas of application, exploring the different methods by which hydrogen can be produced and stored, as well as the opportunities for its use in industry, transportation and households. It also features a range of industry case studies.

With this awareness brief IPIECA and its members are providing a fully informed summary of hydrogen’s potential and the essential role it can play in a low-carbon future. Important to note, is that not only can hydrogen be produced in a number of low-carbon ways, it also does not emit greenhouse gases when used, which is a key benefit for enabling a net-zero future.
This paper is part of IPIECA’s low-emissions pathways series and builds on the 2016 IPIECA publication Exploring low-emissions pathways: advancing the Paris Puzzle.

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