Task 47: Hydrogen Certification

2023-2025
Task Manager: Daria Nochevnik (Hydrogen Council)
Task Co-leaders: Eric Miller (DOE) & Eiji Ohira (NEDO)

Brief Description

In the emerging global hydrogen economy, robust tradeable certification  schemes for hydrogen and derivatives will play a key role to:

  • Evidence their sustainability attributes, such as carbon footprint (CFP) – as well as the use of land and water, and social impacts – in a credible and consistent manner  internationally
  • Create transparency for consumers and enable consumer choice
  • Allow consumers to signal demand for hydrogen and derivatives based on their sustainability credentials
  • Create trust between prospective importers and exporters, fostering global, cross- border trade in hydrogen and derivatives based on their sustainability credentials

This Task is designed to bring together leading technical experts in the field and actors in certification ecosystem (incluing scheme owners, certification bodies, issuing bodies, accreditation bodies, IT solution providers for registries and others) and academic experts to build a community of practice to (i) facilitate the development of certification schemes  for hydrogen and derivatives and (ii) produce technical solutions to enable mutual recognition of certification schemes and carry out research and analysis in the field.

General Objectives

There is a growing international consensus on the need for mutual recognition of certification schemes for hydrogen and derivatives. The approach of developing mutual recognition of certification schemes rather than to aim at full harmonization or a single new global scheme in the short-to-medium term is both pragmatic and sound, as it builds on existing experiences from other certification processes and examples that could guide the development of mutual recognition of certification schemes.

Specific Objectives

In response to the need for technical input and recommendations on this topic, the IEA Hydrogen TCP Certification R&D Task is designed to work closely with and ensure complementarity to the IPHE Task Force on Certification by way of advancing analysis, knowledge sharing and pre-normative research (PNR) on the subject matter and delivering on the following key practical objectives:

  1. Build a community of practice, bringing together technical experts representing certification scheme owners and developers, issuing bodies, accreditation bodies, pilot projects, as well as relevant research initiatives
  2. Provide a platform for knowledge sharing and good practice exchange on the design of certification schemes for hydrogen and derivatives
  3. Review relevant studies and reports on the subject matter, including R&D gaps, among international experts
  4. Assess and validate technical solutions for mutual recognition of certification schemes among scheme owners, issuing bodies, accreditation bodies and other relevant parties
  5. Lay out a potential Mutual Recognition Framework for certification schemes for hydrogen and derivatives as technical input in close cooperation with IPHE
  6. Provide recommendations to inform global initiatives in the area, including R&D needs, and the future ISO standard for certification schemes for hydrogen and derivatives.

Task Structure

Sub-task A: Mutual Recognition Framework (MRF)

Objectives:

  1. Review relevant analysis and academic literature on certification, including those related to R&D gaps and requirements, as well as the reports and initiatives created at international forums.
  2. Develop a technical blueprint for a Mutual Recognition Framework (MRF) to support international dialogue on mutual recognition.

Sub-task B: Certification Schemes’ Platform (SCP)

Objectives:

  1. Build a community of practice bringing together scheme owners/ scheme developers, issuing bodies, accreditation bodies and other relevant parties to analyse the status quo, key design features of certification schemes, their implementation and the associated challenges.
  2. Provide a platform for knowledge and good practice sharing between certification scheme developers and other relevant parties.
  3. Test MRF and solutions for overcoming barriers to mutual recognition of certification schemes.
  4. Develop an MRF implementation guide through a collaborative approach involving certification scheme owners, developers and other relevant parties, including certification bodies, issuing bodies and accreditation bodies.

Sub-task C: Dissemination and engagement with SDOs and global technical regulatory bodies

Objectives:

  1. Ensure coordination with international standard development organisations (SDOs) such as the ISO and CEN, as well as IECEx.
  2. Provide input for the relevant standardization initiatives on hydrogen certification.

 

Sub-task D: Communication and outreach

Objectives:

  1. Ensure close communication and coordination with IPHE.
  2. Develop relevant communication materials on the basis of the deliverables produced by Sub-tasks A, B and C