Empowered Group for Green Hydrogen Mission

Empowered Group for Green Hydrogen Mission

New Delhi: Stepping up on Green Hydrogen, the Centre has put in place the ‘Mission Governance Framework’ to get things moving.

ET gathers that an Empowered Group chaired by the Cabinet secretary has been constituted in late February to steer the Green Hydrogen Mission and its implementation across diverse sectors. Alongside, an advisory group under the Principal Scientific Advisory (PSA) has also taken shape as has the mission secretariat housed in the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The Centre is aiming at laying down an incentive scheme and policy framework in tune with global trends, opening bids for Green Fertilizer besides calling for proposals on pilot projects and R&D proposals in 2023-24. States will be keenly watching as they line up to develop GH hubs – Kerala has already sent in a ₹200-crore proposal for hubs at Kochi and Thiruvanthapuram.

The Empowered Group has on board the secretaries to the ministries of power, MNRE, petroleum & natural gas, fertilizers, steel, road transport & highways, heavy industries, skill development & entrepreneurship, shipping & waterways, DPIIT, among others. CEO Niti Aayog and the PSA are also be on board, officials confirmed.

This high-powered group will steer the Green Hydrogen Mission with a ‘whole of the government’ approach, approve key objectives, monitor progress on them and ensure inter-ministerial coordination where required.

While ministries like fertilizers, steels and heavy industries are direct and immediate stakeholders where the first Green Hydrogen transition is likely to be effected, DPIIT will be closely involved on rulebooks and policy changes required, while MORTH will work on long haul transport plans for Green Hydrogen even though focus will be on minimising transportation requirements.

The skill ministry is also a key cog in the wheel as trained manpower to handle Green Hydrogen at various stages will be essential – there is next to no workforce as yet on the new energy fuel.While the Centre has yet to take a position on ‘mandates’ – it is also likely to be decided upon by the Group after due consultation and sector specific assessments. Mandatory purchase of Green Hydrogen – a new fuel created by splitting water through Electrolysis – by big consumers is considered essential by many to boost domestic production and demand for the new fuel.

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