Colombia is ready to step up its decarbonisation efforts with the introduction of a hydrogen strategy that aims to place the country firmly on the global hydrogen map.
Colombia will use five important pillars to achieve its net zero aspirations, according to this suggested strategy presented by the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
Hydrogen as a crucial component of the national decarbonisation strategy, the development of the hydrogen value chain as a path to a low-emissions export economy, and hydrogen as a facilitator of an equitable energy transition are among the five pillars.
The national government must also be dedicated to the deployment of low-emission hydrogen and recognize hydrogen as a way of structuring the territory and an instrument for inclusive development, among other things.
Colombia has likewise set goals for itself by 2030, including achieving green hydrogen costs of $1.7 per kilogram and producing 50 kT of blue hydrogen through the building of new facilities and carbon capture and storage (CCS).
In the industrial sector, the country has set a target of 40% low-emission hydrogen use.
There will also be a number of regulatory enablers to help Colombia accomplish its goals by laying the groundwork for hydrogen.
This includes establishing green and blue hydrogen concepts in accordance with national legislative frameworks, promoting institutional articulation, and assigning duties for hydrogen.
Improvements in Colombia’s positioning and international collaboration around hydrogen, as well as the design of assurances of origin and certifications for hydrogen, and the establishment of support mechanisms to increase hydrogen competitiveness, will all aid the country in achieving its objectives.
Colombia’s strong ambitions and goals have led to speculation that the country could become a major hydrogen exporter and user in South America.