In order to establish a sustainable future and become self-reliant in the energy sector, the Ministry of Energy in Jordan is currently working on developing a green hydrogen strategy.
In a workshop titled “Discussing the Green Hydrogen Strategy in Jordan”, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saleh Kharabsheh, highlighted the country’s aspirations to transform Jordan into a competitive hub for green hydrogen production. He said that the reliance on green hydrogen production would help improvise the Kingdom’s sustainability, thus, helping Jordan achieve energy independence.
“This strategic initiative holds immense potential for the country’s sustainable future and positions Jordan as a frontrunner in the global green hydrogen market,” said, the Director of Awraq Organisation for Environmental Development, Zeina Hamdan.
Hamdan said, “By embracing the National Hydrogen Strategy and implementing a comprehensive set of policies, incentives and infrastructure support, Jordan possesses all the necessary resources in order to become a competitive front-runner in the industry.” He stressed on the importance of time in capitalising on Jordan’s potential in the green hydrogen industry and highlighted the need for rapid action towards a more sustainable future.
She also added, “This visionary approach will not only strengthen Jordan’s environmental resilience, but also enhance its economic prospects through job creation, technological advancements and international collaborations.The National Hydrogen Strategy aims to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework that encompasses the entire hydrogen value chain, ranging from production and supply to infrastructure development. This strategy will facilitate the local production of green hydrogen and attract investments that will enhance sustainable growth in the sector.”
With this workshop, a green hydrogen strategy draft will be prepared that will serve as the foundation for a framework detailing the use and production of green hydrogen in Jordan. Furthermore, in line with the ministry’s efforts, the workshop represents the next phase in achieving the needs of the Economic Modernisation Vision for 2023.
The ministry is also consulting with partners in the sector to ensure that key aspects of the green hydrogen strategy draft and sector action plan are reviewed to determine the best strategic options in Jordan. The ministry is currently reviewing previous studies on the green hydrogen industry in Jordan, including sources of future demand, export opportunities, key customers and investment requirements in collaboration with the Energy Sector Support Programme.
The participants of the workshop included, Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Amani Al Azzam, the Assistant for Energy Affairs, Hassan Al Hiyari, representatives of the energy sector in Jordan, including Jordanian ministries and government agencies, business associations, financial institutions, donors and academic institutions.