In a groundbreaking collaboration to address the pressing global challenge of climate change and propel the shift towards a cleaner, sustainable economy, more than 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have initiated a regional certification system for clean, low-emission hydrogen and its derivatives. Named “CertHILAC,” this certification system marks a significant step towards fostering regional integration and establishing a benchmark for sustainable hydrogen production.
CertHILAC aims to certify clean, low-emission hydrogen produced in Latin America and the Caribbean, ensuring transparency regarding its origin, production technology, and other crucial attributes. The certification process will play a pivotal role in promoting product traceability and adherence to environmental and social sustainability criteria. Special attention will be given to responsible water use and the respect for local communities and indigenous peoples.
The certification system will not only focus on the end product but will also establish standards for the production technology employed. By doing so, CertHILAC seeks to encourage the adoption of environmentally friendly and socially responsible practices throughout the entire hydrogen production process.
The establishment of CertHILAC reflects a commitment to advancing towards a clean and sustainable hydrogen economy. By creating a joint working framework, the initiative aims to open doors to new economic and technological opportunities. The benefits of sustainable development are anticipated to be shared by all participating countries, contributing to regional integration and market development.
While CertHILAC primarily serves the participating nations, it aspires to become an internationally recognized regional standard. By fostering global cooperation in the clean and low-emission hydrogen market, the certification system aims to position Latin America and the Caribbean as key players in the global transition towards sustainable energy.