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The Future of Hydrogen in Canada
Canada is playing a critical role in the development of the global hydrogen economy with innovators in production processes and pioneers in fuel cell technology. To demonstrate Canada’s leadership in hydrogen, the Canadian Hydrogen Convention launched its inaugural event in April 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta.
As the world pushes to decarbonize and countries navigate through the energy transition, traditional carbon-emitting energy sources will soon electrify - with low-carbon fuels expected to provide up to 60 percent of the world’s energy needs. As the largest event in Canada showcasing hydrogen as a key enabler to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the Canadian Hydrogen Convention will position Canada as a global hydrogen superpower.
This must-attend event will bring the entire Canadian supply chain together to discuss innovations and solutions for low-carbon hydrogen production, energy infrastructure, storage and the path forward as Canada works towards net zero by 2050.
The world’s energy systems are undergoing a radical transformation driven by the need to mitigate climate change. Development of an at-scale, the clean hydrogen economy is a strategic priority for Canada, needed to diversify the national future energy mix, generate economic benefits and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Canada has played an important role in the development of the growing global hydrogen economy, starting more than a century ago with innovation in hydrogen production technology and four decades ago as pioneers in fuel cell technology. Canada continues to be an R&D and technology leader in the sector.
Under the Paris Agreement, Canada has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. It has also announced a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, joining 72 other nations in this ambitious pledge. In a net-zero future, Canada’s economy will be powered by electricity and low carbon fuels – with low carbon fuels expected to provide up to 60% or more of our energy needs. As the lowest carbon fuel, hydrogen is essential to decarbonizing the top third of Canada’s most energy intensive and hard-to-abate end-use applications, and there is much work to do to roll out hydrogen at scale domestically. Canada is not alone in seeing hydrogen as a critical part of the solution to combat climate change and improve air quality while driving economic growth in a carbon-constrained world. Countries around the world have developed strategies to inform the optimal supply pathways and end-use applications for hydrogen, as well as to define export strategies.