Indian Cabinet Approves National Green Hydrogen Mission

Indian Cabinet has approved National Green Hydrogen Mission. The initial outlay for the Mission will be  Rs.19,744 crore. MNRE will formulate the scheme guidelines for the implementation of the respective components.

The Mission will facilitate demand creation, production, utilization, and export of Green Hydrogen.  Under the Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition Programme (SIGHT), two distinct financial incentive mechanisms – targeting domestic manufacturing of electrolyzers and production of Green Hydrogen – will be provided under the Mission.

The Mission will also support pilot projects in emerging end-use sectors and production pathways. Regions capable of supporting large-scale production and/or utilization of Hydrogen will be developed as Green Hydrogen Hubs.

The Mission will have wide-ranging benefits- the creation of export opportunities for Green Hydrogen and its derivatives. It will help in the decarbonization of the industrial, mobility, and energy sectors. Thus reduction in dependence on imported fossil fuels and feedstock.

India’s Green Hydrogen production capacity is likely to reach at least 5 MMT per annum. This will give India an associated renewable energy capacity addition of about 125 GW.  The targets by 2030 are likely to bring in over Rs. 8 lakh crore investments and create over 6 lakh jobs.

The Mission will result in the following likely outcomes by 2030:

  • Development of green hydrogen production capacity of at least 5 MMT (Million Metric Tonne) per annum with an associated renewable energy capacity addition of about 125 GW in the country
  • Over Rs. Eight lakh crore in total investments
  • Creation of over Six lakh jobs
  • The cumulative reduction in fossil fuel imports over Rs. One lakh crore
  • Abatement of nearly 50 MMT of annual greenhouse gas emissions

An enabling policy framework will be developed to support the establishment of the Green Hydrogen ecosystem.   A robust Standards and Regulations framework will be also developed.  Further, a public-private partnership framework for R&D (Strategic Hydrogen Innovation Partnership – SHIP) will be facilitated under the Mission. A coordinated skill development programme will also be undertaken under the Mission.

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