Toward greener energy: Government unveils hydrogen roadmap

The Department of Energy (DOE) is in the process of formulating a Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen, recognizing its pivotal role in the country’s pursuit of long-term decarbonization goals.

According to a preliminary document, the DOE intends to embark on a series of initiatives aimed at advancing hydrogen and its associated technologies as a viable alternative fuel source.

These initiatives predominantly encompass policy formulation and research advancement, the creation of a comprehensive national policy framework, the establishment of formalized development partnerships, and the enhancement of critical support infrastructure.

“Further, to provide direction for the industry, the DOE, through the Hydrogen Energy Industry Committee (HEIC), shall develop a comprehensive roadmap defining the overall vision and strategy, industry’s milestone targets, and its needed support systems and resources,” the circular said.

DOE said it recognizes the role of hydrogen in the energy transition as an innovation capable of meeting future energy demand with various applications in the power, transportation, commercial, and industrial sectors as part of the country’s efforts to achieve a more sustainable and low-carbon future in the energy sector and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

It said the Philippine Energy Plan 2020-2040 considers the role of hydrogen, as another viable alternative and cleaner source of energy for the Philippines, as it has been globally recognized to provide a diverse range of energy applications, including distributed power, backup power, portable power, auxiliary power for passenger and freight vehicles, among others.

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