The India H2 Alliance (IH2A) has expanded its membership and now includes JSW Steel, CSIR National Chemicals Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) and Scottish Development International, as well as national sustainability think tanks TERI, CEEW and WRI India. In order to develop the hydrogen economy and supply chain in India, IH2A members and partners will work closely with the government of India.
JSW Steel joins the IH2A energy transition coalition as the Steel and Cement Work Group lead. JSW Steel, India’s leading steel player, was included in IH2A for a very good reason, as steel and cement are priority industrial sectors for decarbonization, where hydrogen is likely to be adopted sooner rather than later.
Prabodha Acharya, Chief Sustainability Officer, JSW Steel said, “As the IH2A Work Group Lead for steel and cement, we will bring other industry majors and the government together to build consensus for a common path towards hydrogen commercialisation in the steel and cement sectors. Green steel as hydrogen product exports can be a national strategy for taking leadership in the global hydrogen value chain, by embedding hydrogen in the industrial supply chain. This is a leadership opportunity.”
Dr. Ashish Lele, Director, CSIR-NCL said, “Public-private partnerships and active collaboration across the hydrogen value chain are critical for the development of a domestic hydrogen supply chain. The government has invested significantly into hydrogen research and development in the past decade. The time is ripe for taking the next step towards setting up large-scale demonstration projects and taking a multi-sectoral approach for different use-cases.”
David Rennie, Global Head of Energy, SDI said, “Scotland is set to become a leading hydrogen nation, with an ambition to generate 5 GW of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 – enough to power the equivalent of 1.8 million homes. A clean energy partnership between India and Scotland with a focus on green hydrogen, both at a G2G and a B2B level, can create new hydrogen champions, new energy jobs and economic growth in both regions.”
Jillian Evanko, President and CEO, Chart Industries and Founding Co-Lead, IH2A, said, “We are excited to partner with JSW Steel on jointly developing the hydrogen ecosystem in India. This is a leadership moment for decarbonisation in the steel industry and we are proud to have India’s largest steel player with us.”
The new member and partner organisations will work closely with IH2A Steering group Co-Leads Chart Industries and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), supported by the IH2A Secretariat run by consulting firm FTI Consulting.