The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is likely to introduce a mandate on the usage of green hydrogen in India, according to Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, Secretary of the ministry. Speaking at the International Conference on Green Hydrogen (ICGH-2023) in New Delhi, Bhalla mentioned that the energy conservation act has been amended to provide a legal provision for enforcing the mandate once it is decided. However, he clarified that the government is currently assessing demand aggregation and exploring the establishment of production facilities before making a final decision.
During the conference, topics such as green hydrogen exports were discussed in a round-table session attended by representatives from Singapore, Korea, Japan, and the European Union, along with officials from the Indian government and industry players. Bhalla shared that around 70% of the planned green hydrogen production by 2030, under the mission, is expected to be dedicated to export.
Furthermore, the secretary highlighted the participation of over 2,700 individuals, surpassing the expected 1,500 attendees at the conference. He also mentioned the government’s focus on skill development for a smooth transition to green hydrogen. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, in coordination with the MNRE and other ministries, will work on creating suitable courses and skill development programs across the value chain, including equipment manufacturing, project installation, and operations and maintenance.
The conference also addressed various aspects related to green finance, storage, transport, codes, research and development, and pilot projects associated with green hydrogen.