Latin American and Caribbean Representatives Unite for Green Hydrogen Advancements

Vitacura, Santiago de ChileAbout 30 representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean come together in the green hydrogen capacity-building programme resulting in enhanced knowledge, skills, partnerships, and networks, fortifying a foundation for sustainable and innovative developments.

This two-day initiative, delivered in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Sustainability and Climate Change Agency of Chile (ASCC), aimed at enhancing the NDE’s comprehension of hydrogen technology. Focusing on past, current, and future dimensions of hydrogen technologies, it also delved into national hydrogen policy instruments and explored financing mechanisms for promoting green hydrogen in developing countries, actively engaging the private sector in the process.

Throughout the program, participants had the opportunity to learn from representatives of institutions such as CTCN, ECLAC, ASCC, various Ministries and institutions from Chile, Hydrogen Associations from Colombia, Chile, and Mexico, Walmart, as well as IRENA, GIZ, and the Interamerican Development Bank.

During the workshop, Ximena Ruz Espejo, Executive Director of the Sustainability and Climate Change Agency, emphasized the importance of “early community engagement for Chile's hydrogen project success.” Speaking on behalf of ASCC, she also emphasized the significance of "fostering trust and collective decisions and advancing towards a decarbonized economy, with confidence in sustainable outcomes for all."

Ambrosio Yobanolo del Real, Deputy Director of Planning and Management Control at the Sustainability and Climate Change Agency and Technology Executive Committee Vice Chair, highlighted the collaboration between TEC and CTCN on Energy and Business and Industry, emphasizing its potential to “accelerate the decarbonization of hard to abate sectors and increase energy system resilience trough general purpose technologies such as green hydrogen, creating a more sustainable future for the region and beyond.”

Santiago Lorenzo, Head of the Climate Change Economics Unit at CEPAL, emphasized the potential of Latin America and the Caribbean in the global market for H2V and its derivatives, provided rigorous environmental and social standards are met. He sees the choices made by the countries in the region as an “inspiring model of sustainable, inclusive, decentralized, and regionally integrated development.

Upon completion of the Green Hydrogen programme, participating countries expressed interest in continued information and knowledge exchange, highlighting a shared desire to learn from nations at a more advanced stage.

This Green Hydrogen Capacity Building Workshop in Latin America and the Caribbean is part of a series of capacity-building programmes on green hydrogen delivered by CTCN across three regions with a specific focus on priority areas of system integration and technology advancement for each region.

The recording of the Green Hydrogen Capacity Building Workshop in Latin America and the Caribbean is available here and here.

To learn more about Green Hydrogen Technologies for Systems Transformation in Latin America and globally, check the new CTCN GH2 compilation of national strategies, plans and projects.

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