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Updated November 2019
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Hydrogen Roadmap

Initiatives, Programs, and Policies

The President signed into law the Carbon Tax Act No 15 of 2019, which came into effect on 1 June 2019. As part of its contribution to the global effort on climate change, South Africa is introducing the Carbon Tax Act. Companies will pay a penalty of R120 per ton CO2-eq. It is hoped that the amount will be increased over time and that the funds will be used to support green initiatives towards decarbonising the economy.

The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP2019), which gives the proposed energy mix for the country for the next 10 years, was released on 18 October 2019. The IRP 2019, which can be accessed at, indicates an increased role of renewables and gas in the energy mix.

Research and Development

No major developments during the period.

Demonstration, Deployments, and Workforce Developments

Through the HySA Infrastructure Centre at North West University, the HySA Programme now has a 350 bar dispenser which can be used for a hydrogen fuel cell bus pilot project.

Events and Solicitations

A South African delegation travelled to Germany and Spain for a tour of solar power and solar fuels research facilities. The tour will inform the development of Solar Research Infrastructure roadmap which includes facilities for the production of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources such as solar PV.

As part of celebrating the National Transport Month in October, the City of Johannesburg, in partnership with GIZ hosted a Symposium on how it plans to reduce fossil fuel emissions as it makes a transition towards low carbon transport.

Investments and Funding

The government has earmarked R500 million (US$33M) for the solar research infrastructure roadmap which includes the production of renewable hydrogen project. Direct funding of the HySA Programme is US$8M.

Regulations, Codes & Standards, and Safety

The HySA Programme joined the International Centre for Hydrogen Safety in May 2019. This will allow the Programme to leverage on international knowledge on the safe use of hydrogen as well as to contribute to global knowledge in the area of hydrogen safety.


Member Statements

Last updated November 2019 South African Statement (PDF); 32nd Steering Committee Meeting; Seoul, Republic of Korea; 21-15 October 2019 South African Statement (PDF); 31st Steering Committee Meeting; Vienna, Austria; 9-12 April 2019 South African Statement (PDF); 30th Steering Committee Meeting; Pretoria, South Africa; 4-7 December 2018 South African Statement (PDF); 29th Steering Committee Meeting; Japan; 8-11 May 2018 South African Statement (PDF); 28th Steering Committee Meeting; Netherlands; 20-23 November 2017 South African Statement (PDF); 25th Steering Committee Meeting; Berkeley, CA, USA; 17-20 May 2016 South African Statement (PDF); 23rd Steering Committee Meeting; Wuhan, China; 27-28 May 2015 South African Statement (PDF); 22nd Steering Committee Meeting; Rome, Italy; 2-3 December 2014 South African Statement (PDF); 21st Steering Committee Meeting; Oslo, Norway; 19-21 May 2014 South African Statement (PDF); 20th Steering Committee Meeting; City of Fukuoka, Japan; 20-21 November 2013 South African Statement (PDF); 19th Steering Committee Meeting; London, United Kingdom; 23-24 May 2013 South African Statement (PDF); 13th Joint Meeting of the ILC & SC; Essen, Germany; May 2010 Contact: Cosmas Chiteme |

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