Japan and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday agreed to work together on technology to produce hydrogen and create an international supply chain, Japan’s industry ministry said.
The collaboration, marked by a memorandum of cooperation between the oil-producing United Arab Emirates and energy-importing Japan, reflects a growing enthusiasm for investments in hydrogen, which offers potential to fight climate change.
The Japanese government set a target in December to increase its annual demand for hydrogen to 3 million metric tonnes by 2030, from around 2 million tonnes now and to 20 million tonnes by 2050, as part of a green growth strategy to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The goal of Thursday’s deal is for Japan to import hydrogen produced in the UAE, which can be produced from fossil fuels but whose emissions are captured and used in industry.
The two countries will also cooperate to boost demand for hydrogen in the UAE.
Hydrogen, mainly extracted from the production of natural gas or coal, has long been used in applications ranging from rocket fuel to the manufacture of fertilizers.
But as governments seek to tackle climate change, the goal is to switch to emission-free green hydrogen produced using renewable energy and expand its use to include replacing fossil fuels. in industrial processes and its use as a transport fuel. But there are still many barriers related to costs and infrastructure.
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