Centre clears Green Hydrogen Mission

Centre clears Green Hydrogen Mission

Centre clears Green Hydrogen Mission

#GS-03 Science and Technology 

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Green Hydrogen Mission

  • The Union Cabinet on 04-01-23 approved the National Green Hydrogen Mission with an initial outlay of ₹19,744 crore.
  • It’s aimed at making the country a global hub to produce, utilise and export green hydrogen and its derivatives.
  • The mission is expected to reduce nearly 50 million tonnes (MT) of annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
  • It is also expected to cumulatively reduce fossil fuel imports estimated at over ₹1 lakh crore.

Incentives provided:

  • The incentives include priority power supply for manufacturers, concessions for distributors and short-term waivers of transmission costs.
  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will be operating a single-window clearance system for proposals.

Expected outcomes of the mission

The Mission is expected to have the following likely outcomes by 2030:

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

Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition Programme (SIGHT)

  • Under the SIGHT programme, two distinct financial incentive mechanisms will be provided.
  • Firstly, for targeting domestic manufacturing of electrolysers and secondly for production of green hydrogen.
  • The mission will also provide support to pilot projects in emerging end-use sectors and production pathways.
  • Territories capable of large-scale production and/or utilisation of hydrogen will be identified and developed as green hydrogen hubs.

Strategic Hydrogen Innovation Partnership – SHIP

  • A public-private partnership framework for Research & Development named Strategic Hydrogen Innovation Partnership (SHIP) will be facilitated under the Mission.
  • R&D projects created will be goal-oriented, time bound, and suitably scaled up to develop globally competitive technologies.

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