The National Hydrogen Strategy 2050 (PDF, 67.9 MB) aims to strengthen the UAE’s position as a producer and supplier of low-emission hydrogen by 2031. The UAE will achieve this through the development of supply chains, the establishment of hydrogen oases and a dedicated national research and development centre for hydrogen technologies.
About the strategy
The strategy contributes to:
- fostering the domestic market
- developing a regulatory framework and policies that support hydrogen as a sustainable fuel for the future
- strengthening regional collaboration to establish a regional hydrogen market, and
- bolstering investments in research and development to improve the cost effectiveness of hydrogen production, transport and utilisation.
It enhances the investor confidence and helps companies develop robust supply chains. It supports the country's approach to fully utilise its abundant solar energy and natural gas resources, its ability to capture and store carbon, and its strategic location to unlock local hydrogen production capabilities and accelerate the global hydrogen economy.
The strategy will help accelerate the global hydrogen economy and scale up local hydrogen production to:
- 1.4 million tons per annum (mtpa) by 2031 (consisting of 1 mtpa of green hydrogen and 0.4 mtpa of blue hydrogen)
- 7.5 mtpa by 2040, and
- 15 mtpa by 2050.
Following a thorough study of hydrogen demand, the National Hydrogen Strategy forecasts local demand of low-carbon hydrogen to reach 2.7 mtpa by 2031.
An overview of the targets and predictions for hydrogen production was considered while preparing short, medium, and long-term scenarios for the future generation of blue, green, and pink hydrogen until 2050.
To enhance the UAE’s position as a supplier of low-emission hydrogen and achieve the country’s objectives, 10 enablers have been identified. They are:
Expected outcome of the strategy
The National Hydrogen Strategy drives the country’s investments in clean energy and its contribution to the global efforts towards environmental sustainability, in line with its role as the host of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28).
It is a crucial tool to meet the country’s commitment to net zero by 2050 and the Paris Agreement.
It will also help reduce emissions in hard-to-abate sectors, such as land, sea, and air transport, chemicals and fertilizers, and metals, including aluminum, iron, and steel, by 25 per cent by 2031 and 100 per cent by 2050.
*Text provided by Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
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