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Joint Declaration between UNIDO and IPHE to Accelerate Hydrogen Adoption in Developing Economies

13 May 2024


Rotterdam, 13 May 2024 – In a significant step towards advancing clean and sustainable energy solutions globally, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Partnership on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) signed a joint declaration. This landmark declaration was signed on the sidelines of the World Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam.

The joint declaration, signed by Gunther BEGER, UNIDO Managing Director, and Laurent ANTONI, Executive Director of IPHE, highlights the shared commitment of both organizations to promote the uptake of hydrogen, especially in industrial applications, across developing countries, emerging economies, and those in transition. It emphasizes collaboration in several key areas:

  • Awareness and Capacity Building: Enhancing awareness, exchanging knowledge, and building capacities on hydrogen policies, skills development, standards, and technologies to support its uptake in industry, transport, and energy sectors.

  • SDG Roadmap for Hydrogen: Assessing and identifying best practices to maximize the social value of the hydrogen economy through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Roadmap for Hydrogen.

  • Promotion of Hydrogen Technologies: Jointly promoting hydrogen technologies and their applications in various industries through events, global forums, and other collaborative activities.

  • Pilot Projects and Industrial Decarbonization: Supporting pilot projects for hydrogen applications in industry and facilitating the development of hydrogen industrial clusters and value chains to contribute towards industry decarbonization efforts.


Laurent ANTONI, IPHE Executive Director, stated, "This partnership demonstrates how international collaboration is needed to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen technologies in developing economies, thereby contributing to a just transition."

This partnership between UNIDO and IPHE marks a crucial step towards harnessing the potential of hydrogen as a clean energy source, particularly in regions striving for sustainable industrial development. Through shared expertise and concerted efforts, both organizations aim to accelerate the global transition towards a hydrogen-based economy.

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Laurent ANTONI

IPHE Position Paper on atmospheric hydrogen on climate change

9 May 2024

Hydrogen (H2) has an important role to play in the transition to a clean energy economy, particularly in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in achieving global climate objectives and the transition to a net zero economy, as well as supporting energy security and resilience and providing economic benefits.


However, when present in the atmosphere, hydrogen reacts with other gases and prolongs the lifetime of GHGs like methane (CH4). Therefore, additional anthropogenic releases of hydrogen into the atmosphere can have indirect global warming impacts.In order to maximize hydrogen’s positive potential, it is crucial to manage H2 emissions, which can dampen the climate change mitigation potential of using clean hydrogen in its main applications.


By learning historical lessons from methane (CH4) emissions and being proactive and transparent in addressing the issue early, the benefits of hydrogen can be maximized while minimizing the economic and environmental drawbacks associated with emissions. This position paper examines the topic and discusses potential measures to minimize climate impacts.

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