During the celebration of the 97th ExCo Meeting in Vienna, the ExCo Members discussed various topics, including Task updates, Preliminary Proposals for Tasks, Workplans for future Tasks. Additionally, the following tasks have been approved: 

Task 48: “Future Demand of Hydrogen in Industry”  

The use of hydrogen in various industries is crucial for advancing toward a carbon-neutral economy, as highlighted by the Net Zero Industry Mission. It’s important to closely monitor R&D and technical progress in each sector and track implementation scenarios. Decarbonizing industrial processes won’t rely solely on clean hydrogen; other technologies like direct electrification will also play a role. When assessing industrial sector roadmaps, it’s vital to consider decarbonization strategies and their implications for hydrogen. The new task aims to identify how hydrogen can be applied across different industries, spanning a 36-month period starting in 2024. 

Task 49: “Natural Hydrogen”  

Task 49, Natural H2, spans two years and aims to raise awareness about research and exploration of natural hydrogen. The diverse group involved reports on developments, offers research recommendations and assists with budget allocation. Best practices in exploration and production are promoted, with a focus on developing models for assessing reserves and production economics. Advocacy for an appropriate legal framework and knowledge exchange between countries is prioritized. In addition, identifying infrastructure and financing needs and addressing associated risks are also key objectives. 

Task 50: “Cost and Carbon Intensity Analysis and Models Comparison of Hydrogen Supply Chains” 

The main objective of this Task is to identify cost and GHG emissions drivers and key uncertainties in these factors for establishing Hydrogen Supply Chains, thereby fostering a global market for hydrogen as a commodity for decarbonization of the global energy system that includes transportation, industry, building and power sectors This new Task aims to enhance our understanding of the models used to calculate costs and greenhouse gas emissions intensity in international hydrogen supply chains. The findings will help identify key factors driving costs and emissions, providing valuable recommendations for policymakers. Institutions will work together to compare their cost models, aiming to decrease uncertainties and address remaining issues. The results of this comparison will be compiled into a report and published as part of the IEA Hydrogen TCP. 

The addition of these new tasks to the Hydrogen TCP agenda marks significant progress towards realizing the goals outlined in the H2TCP’s Strategic Plan.