The Goal: To increase the cost-competitiveness of clean hydrogen by reducing end-to-end costs to USD 2 per kilogram by 2030.
The Mission: We will catalyse cost reductions by increasing research and development in hydrogen technologies and industrial processes and delivering at least 100 hydrogen valleys covering production, storage and end-use worldwide by 2030, to unleash a global clean hydrogen economy.
- [November 9, 2021] Just Released: The Clean Hydrogen Mission presents a Discussion Paper for public consultation (open till 9 December 2021) along with three annexes (1, 2 and 3). Comments by MI members, the broader stakeholder community, and wider outcomes of COP26 will feed into the final version of the paper and the following Clean Hydrogen Mission Action Plan.
- [June 2, 2021] The “Clean Hydrogen” Mission was announced at the Sixth Mission Innovation Ministerial. Read our joint statement for more information.
Australia Chile European Union United Kingdom United States
- Australia, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
- Chile, Ministry of Energy
- European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
- United Kingdom, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- United States of America, Department of Energy
The core coalition MI members:
- Austria, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
- Canada, Natural Resources Canada
- China, Ministry of Science and Technology
- Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
- India, Department of Science and Technology
- Italy, Ministry of Ecological Transition
- Japan, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
- Republic of Korea, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
- Morocco, Ministry of Energy Transition & Sustainable Development
- Norway, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
- Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Energy
The International initiatives and partner organisations
- Clean Energy Ministerial, Hydrogen Initiative
- IPHE Secretariat, International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy
- UNFCCC, Green Hydrogen Catapult
- World Bank Group, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program
- World Economic Forum, Accelerating Clean Hydrogen Initiative
The Clean Hydrogen Mission will accelerate the building of a global clean hydrogen economy by reducing end-to-end clean hydrogen costs to USD $2 per kg by 2030. This represents a tipping point in making clean hydrogen cost competitive with other energy vectors in different industries across production, transportation, storage and end-use.
To achieve the goal, Mission members together commit to deliver at least 100 large-scale integrated clean hydrogen valleys worldwide by 2030. These will generate economies of scale, pushing down clean hydrogen costs to catalyse the development of a global clean hydrogen economy.
Almost two-thirds of current global emissions arise from hard-to-abate sectors, such as industry feedstock and transportation. Clean hydrogen is a promising solution to decarbonising these sectors and will unlock the potential of renewable energy sources. In their Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap, the IEA calculate that global hydrogen use must expand from less than 90 Mt in 2020 to more than 530 Mt in 2050, with 62% predicted to come produced from electrolysis and 38% from fossil-fuels with CCUS (IEA, 2021). However, clean hydrogen is currently more expensive than grey hydrogen, costing between USD $3-6/kg to produce from electrolysis and approximately USD $1.5-2.5/kg from fossil fuels using carbon capture technologies, with distribution costs additional to this (IRENA, 2021). Early large-scale hydrogen deployment enabled through innovation could yield USD $100 billion annual system benefits globally at a carbon price of USD80/tCO2 (Vivid Economics, 2021).
The Mission Coalition
- Promote research, development, and innovation. We will stimulate and carry out joint research and development activities on clean hydrogen technologies and industrial processes. This will offer step change benefits to achieve the goal, including within the areas of production, storage, networks and end-use.
- Build Clean Hydrogen Valleys as demonstration projects. We will test the delivery of different production, storage and transport methods and end-use applications through cohorts of hydrogen valleys with the aim of reaching critical levels of investment and experience which will generate cheaper and more efficient supply chains.
- Coordinate an enabling environment. Recognising the importance of other initiatives, and the critical role that legislation, regulation and international standards play in accelerating and supporting a global clean hydrogen economy, we will:
- Identify efforts needed to stimulate demand, diffuse and deploy emerging solutions, and partner with others who can deliver those solutions.
- Facilitate the creation and diffusion of non-technological and non-commercial knowledge, including identifying the regulatory, standards and stakeholder education necessary for deployment.
- Generate positive engagement from local stakeholders to facilitate the deployment and growth of hydrogen valleys, as well as the participation of local research and innovation communities.
Together, the members will:
- Develop a joint action plan that identifies the national and international efforts needed to make clean hydrogen cost competitive by reducing the end-use costs to USD $2/kg by 2030, looking to stimulate more action both individually and collaboratively.
- Share technological breakthrough and demonstrations, and solutions to pre-commercial challenges by connecting and facilitating researchers, innovators and other platforms and initiatives.
- Develop online information sources on hydrogen research and development.
In addition, each member will:
- Develop and implement a national hydrogen strategy.
- Enhance ambition and conduct pioneering hydrogen research, development and demonstration in technologies across the value chain.
- Develop at least three hydrogen valleys, working alongside public and private stakeholders.
- Annually produce accessible summaries of their respective clean hydrogen research, development and demonstration efforts.
“Australia is pleased to announce that we have committed more than $850 million to build an Australian hydrogen industry, including identifying locations for five hydrogen export hubs. This is our first step in achieving the mission goals by 2030.”
Minister Angus Taylor, Australia
“Chile is proud to reaffirm its commitment to deploying large-scale green hydrogen valleys in the Antofagasta and Magallanes regions through policy support and public-private collaboration, which will leverage both domestic and international demand, as well as our abundant renewable resources, to deliver competitive clean fuels to the end-user by 2030.”
Minister Juan Carlos Jobet Eluchans, Chile
The European Commission will, together with the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells joint undertaking and the EU Member States, develop further the hydrogen valleys in Europe and abroad. This will create a strong network which will benefit from the foreseen extension of the hydrogen valleys platform as a significant step in helping to achieve our ambitious EU climate goals by 2030.”
Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission
“I am delighted to celebrate the launch of Mission Innovation’s Hydrogen Mission and, as a Mission co-lead, to reaffirm the UK’s support for the Mission’s ambitious – and achievable – goal.
Low carbon hydrogen is the energy carrier of tomorrow: innovation and deployment of hydrogen technologies will enable the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors, boost the flexibility and resilience of low carbon energy systems and thus make a key contribution to global net zero. The new phase of international collaboration unleashed by the Hydrogen Mission places us in prime position to unlock this potential more swiftly and share its benefits most widely. We look forward to leading from the front”.
Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, and UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency, United Kingdom
“In establishing our National Hydrogen Strategy, we have committed to strengthening international cooperation on hydrogen technologies. Hydrogen will be instrumental in reaching Germany’s ambitious goal of becoming climate neutral by 2045. In order to satisfy our projected hydrogen demand, we will in the future need to import green and sustainable hydrogen. It is therefore an important goal to establish a global hydrogen market as swiftly as possible. Since increased cooperation on innovation can contribute towards achieving this goal, we are excited to join the new Mission Hydrogen.”
Minister Peter Altmaier, Germany
“The world needs to get to net-zero. There’s no other option. Hydrogen will get us there. Mission Innovation’s new Clean Hydrogen Mission accelerates a global clean hydrogen economy and pushes us faster towards the clean energy future we need. Canada is a proud founding member of Mission Innovation, and through it we will lower emissions, have prosperous economies that create jobs and leave no energy worker behind.”
Minister Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada