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Release of the Hydrogen Certification 101 paper


Certification allows evidencing that a unit of hydrogen or a derivative product has been produced, transported,
and delivered with specific sustainability attributes. This commonly results in the issuance of electronic certificates, which may then be transferred either with or separately from the underlying physical hydrogen or a derivative product.
The need for and types of attributes evidenced by certification schemes, as well as design features of schemes are largely driven by demands of the end-consumer, in line with mandatory (imposed by a regulatory obligation) or voluntary requirements (imposed by the consumer itself or its peers, driven by ESG reporting and disclosure requirements).

To begin the process of accelerating mutual recognition of certification schemes, it is critical to create a common language on certification and the associated components and processes.

This document is designed to:

1. Provide clarity and precision on terminology and concepts used in hydrogen certification;
2. Describe the purposes and functionalities of hydrogen certification schemes;
3. Offer basic information on
certification scheme design; and
4. Lay out the concept of mutual recognition of certification schemes for hydrogen and derivatives


The present Hydrogen Certification 101 paper was developed under the Breakthrough Agenda’s Hydrogen Breakthrough priority action H.1 “Standards and certification” coordinated by IPHE and IEA H2 TCP with support from IRENA and contributions from the Hydrogen Council and the International Power-to-X Hub


Please find the 101 Hydrogen Certification Paper here

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