Japan and UAE agree to develop hydrogen supply chain

Tokyo and Abu Dhabi have agreed to strengthen their cooperation for developing an international hydrogen supply chain

Japan and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to cooperate on hydrogen production technology and supply chain, H2 Bulletin reports.

Mr Ejima Kiyoshi, Japan Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Mr Suhail Al Mazroui, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, held a virtual meeting on 8th April and signed a memorandum of cooperation in the hydrogen industry.

The agreement will support the information exchange regarding hydrogen policy, development of regulations and standards. The agreement will explore developing a hydrogen supply chain that would encompass hydrogen production and exports to Japan.

Mr Ejima said that besides fossil fuel, the UAE is rich in renewable energy, with the potential to become a supplier of inexpensive hydrogen. The MoC will further deepen the cooperation between the two countries helping to explore this opportunity further.

Mr Mazroui, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the UAE, commented that the MoU would expand the cooperation between both counties in the energy and infrastructure sector to achieve decarbonisation and contribute to the transition towards clean energy through hydrogen.

In December, Japan has set a goal to increase its hydrogen demand by 1 million tonnes over the next decade, reaching 3 million tonnes by 2030, and further ramp up, taking it to 20 million tonnes by 2050, to help achieve its net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In January, Japan METI also signed the first fuel ammonia cooperation deal with UAE’s state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. Last month UAE signed an MoC with South Korea for cooperation on the promotion of hydrogen economy and other industrial technologies.

Shahkar Ali

Shahkar is the regional representative for Asia covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact him directly via email or follow him on social media.
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