This is a presentation on Regulatory Landscape for Green Hydrogen and Recent Developments. It was presented by Pallavi Bedi, Partner, Phoenix Legal at Renewable Watch’s Green Hydrogen in India conference.
On August 15, 2021, GoI launched the National Hydrogen Mission (“Mission”) to meet its climate targets, with an aim to make India the global hub for manufacturing of, and largest exporter of, green hydrogen. Subsequent to the launch of the Mission, the GoI issued the Green Hydrogen Policy on February 17, 2022.
Probably because the Policy was devoid of details, a month after the notification of the Policy, the GoI (through the MNRE) in March 2022 reiterated its plan to issue the National Hydrogen Energy Mission (“Mission Document”). In furtherance of the Mission Document and to concretize the road map envisaged by the Mission and the Policy, the much anticipated National Green Hydrogen Mission was notified by the MNRE in January, 2023 (“Green Hydrogen Mission”).
In order to create bulk demand and scale up the production of green hydrogen, the Government would specify a minimum share of consumption of green hydrogen or its derivative products such as green ammonia, green methanol etc. by designated consumers as energy or feedstock.
Production of green hydrogen requires substantial amount of water (about 9 litres of water for 1 kg of production of hydrogen). The Green Hydrogen Mission envisages the optimization of water requirements by using industrial or municipal wastewater. For this developers could be asked to set up desalination plants as part of the green hydrogen project to treat waste water and then use such water for electrolysis.
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