Government of India Approves National Green Hydrogen Mission and Standards

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The Government of India has given its official nod to the National Green Hydrogen Mission, a significant step towards sustainable energy production. The mission is centered around the production and utilization of “Green Hydrogen,” which is hydrogen generated through renewable energy sources. These sources encompass methods like electrolysis and biomass conversion, with the added criterion that electricity stored in energy systems from renewable sources will also be included.


For hydrogen produced via electrolysis, specific emissions standards have been set. The emissions from processes such as water treatment, electrolysis, gas purification, and hydrogen compression should not exceed 2 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilogram of hydrogen (kg CO2 eq/kg H2) over a twelve-month period.

Likewise, for hydrogen derived from biomass conversion, similar stringent standards apply. Emissions stemming from biomass processing, heat/steam generation, biomass-to-hydrogen conversion, gas purification, and hydrogen compression must also not surpass 2 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per kilogram of hydrogen (kg CO2 eq/kg H2) averaged over twelve months.

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To ensure adherence to these standards, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is tasked with outlining a comprehensive methodology for measuring, reporting, monitoring, and certifying green hydrogen and its derivatives.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency will play a crucial role in accrediting agencies responsible for monitoring, verifying, and certifying projects related to the production of green hydrogen. This will help maintain transparency and consistency in the assessment process. The approval of these measures comes under the endorsement of the Honorable Minister of New and Renewable Energy and Power.

The National Green Hydrogen Mission signifies India’s commitment to fostering a cleaner energy future by leveraging sustainable practices in hydrogen production and utilization.

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