India’s Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Power, R.K. Singh, has unveiled the National Green Hydrogen Mission, signaling a revolutionary transformation in the country’s energy landscape.
The mission’s primary objective is to establish a robust Green Hydrogen production capacity of 5 million metric tons (MMT) per annum by 2030. This ambitious target is poised to play a pivotal role in reducing India’s reliance on imported fossil fuels, fostering energy independence, and mitigating carbon emissions.
Green Hydrogen, produced through renewable resources, is slated to replace fossil fuels in key industries such as fertilizer production, petroleum refining, steel, and shipping. Minister Singh envisions a versatile application of Green Hydrogen, leading to a substantial reduction in the nation’s carbon footprint.
The mission forecasts an estimated INR 1 lakh crore reduction in the quantum of imported fossil fuels by 2030. By stimulating domestic demand and implementing the Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition (SIGHT) program, India aims to usher in a new era of sustainable energy practices.
To realize its ambitious targets, the National Green Hydrogen Mission outlines strategies that include establishing Green Hydrogen Hubs and initiating a robust Research and Development program. Pilot projects encompass diverse sectors such as green steel, mobility, shipping, decentralized energy applications, biomass-based hydrogen production, and hydrogen storage.
Minister Singh emphasized the regional nature of water regulation, highlighting that project developers must adhere to state regulations to secure water supply. This underscores the importance of aligning the mission with sustainable water management practices.