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Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on Wednesday, February 17th, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST for the second private, off-the-record workshop in its hydrogen policy sprint, a series of workshops and publications focused on opportunities and challenges for the development of a clean hydrogen economy in the United States. This second workshop will examine the opportunities and obstacles to reaching scaled clean hydrogen production in the United States and the key production technologies and pathways for doing so.

While the United States has been on the sidelines of climate leadership over the past four years, European countries and Japan have begun to address the hard-to-abate sectors of heavy industry and transportation, where hydrogen technology is central to their climate plans. Hydrogen burns cleanly—with water as the only byproduct—and can be deployed into existing industrial, transportation, and building applications with little modification. Currently, hydrogen requires large-scale clean production and distribution infrastructure, but it can immediately be blended into existing gas infrastructure to reduce emissions in buildings, which will help create the scale necessary for transportation and industrial deployment. Several analyses have found that it is practically impossible to reach net-zero emissions in cement, steel, and glass production without hydrogen, and it is uniquely suited to decarbonizing heavy transportation.

In order for hydrogen to become a viable decarbonization solution in the United States, a narrative shift and a framework of policies that can enable its deployment are needed.

The Atlantic Council’s hydrogen policy sprint will include 6 workshops: the first two will focus on pathways and challenges for clean hydrogen production, the third on storage and transportation infrastructure, the 4th and 5th on hydrogen demand and deployment, and the final workshop will explore how state and federal policies can address the identified challenges and spur the development of a clean hydrogen economy in the United States.

This workshop is a private, off-the-record event, and the Chatham House rule applies. It will be held on the web application Zoom, which is accessible through your web browser, the Zoom desktop or mobile app, and by phone. Please register to receive zoom information for the event.


Robert Do, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SGH2

Kirsty Gogan, Managing Director, LucidCatalyst

Tim Heisterkamp, Head of Technology and Environmental Policy, Linde

Sunita Satyapal, Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, US Department of Energy

More speakers to be announced soon.

Conversations moderated by

Randolph Bell, Director, Global Energy Center, and Richard Morningstar Chair for Global Energy Security, Atlantic Council

Ivana Jemelkova, Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting