An emission limit of two kilograms of CO2 for every kilogram of hydrogen produced to be classified as “green” from renewable sources, has been set by the Indian government.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said this would bring widely awaited clarity for green hydrogen production in India.
In their statement detailing what emissions would be accounted for, the ministry said:
With this notification, India becomes one of the first few countries in the world to announce a definition of Green Hydrogen.
With a goal to become a global hub for the production of green hydrogen, India is aiming for an annual production of 5 million metric tons of green hydrogen by 2030, which would cut approximately 50 million metric tons of carbon emissions and save more than $12 billion on fossil fuel imports.
Currently, the country’s hydrogen consumption is produced mostly with fossil fuels.
The first green hydrogen production isn’t expected in India until 2026, though India have been negotiating mutual agreements with the European Union, Japan and other countries to start exporting the fuel.