Tunisia is setting its sights on becoming a global powerhouse in the production and export of green hydrogen, with an ambitious target of manufacturing 8.3 million tonnes per year by 2050.
This audacious goal was announced by Belhassen Chiboub, the Director-General of Electricity and Energy Transition at the Tunisian Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy, during a workshop in Tunis, organized in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (Giz).
At the heart of Tunisia’s green hydrogen strategy for 2050 is the development of energy infrastructure, coupled with the production of green fertilizers and electricity. A key facet of this vision involves a substantial increase in the utilization of renewable energy in both the industrial and transport sectors. This multifaceted approach aligns with Tunisia’s commitment to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.
Tunisia’s aspirations extend beyond its borders. In June, Belhassen Chiboub emphasized that the strategy seeks to identify Tunisia’s potential for green hydrogen development and the associated renewable energy capacity. Additionally, it aims to quantify both domestic and export demand. According to data from the European Hydrogen Backbone initiative, Tunisia envisions exporting between 5.5 and 6 million tonnes of green hydrogen annually to Europe by 2050. This represents Tunisia’s share of the hydrogen imports that Europe anticipates receiving from North Africa, totaling 11 million tonnes per year.
Tunisia’s pursuit of becoming a leading green hydrogen exporter reflects the global shift towards sustainable and renewable energy sources. As nations worldwide seek cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels, green hydrogen emerges as a frontrunner. Tunisia’s determination and ambition in this endeavor underscore the collective effort required to harness the potential of green hydrogen as a sustainable energy source with the power to reshape the global energy landscape.