Webinar on "Update on EU Sustainability Criteria Certification for Green Hydrogen Projects”

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) and the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF-SO) hosted a webinar on "Update on EU Sustainability Criteria Certification for Green Hydrogen Projects" on Tuesday, 11 April 2023. This webinar was a deliverable agreed upon by the subworking group on Quality Infrastructure, Safety and Legal Framework of the Indo-German Green Hydrogen Task Force. 

More than 140 participants from the industry, public sector and research institutions joined the webinar. Ms Sonia Prashar, Deputy Director General, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the participants with her opening remarks. Requirements around assessing Green House Gas (GHG) emission savings and sustainability criteria for the production of renewable hydrogen are at the heart of two delegated acts (DA) for the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II, which the European Commission recently adopted, and which may be published in its current version in April 2023.

Against this background, Mr. Jan-Hendrik Scheyl, Sustainability & Certification, International PtX Hub Germany, provided an insight into the status quo of EU requirements for renewable hydrogen and its certification set-up. He started his presentation with a brief overview of the two Delegated Acts that define certain product requirements for renewable hydrogen and renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) placed on the European market. He went on to explain how and by whom these requirements are verified and how certification is structured in the European Union (EU) in general.

Following Mr Scheyl's presentation, Mr. Simon Byrtus, Freelance Project Manager and Senior Consultant, representing conenergy consult and TÜV Rheinland, analysed the compatibility with regard to aspects such as banking regulation and bidding zones. His presentation provided an in-depth focus on the geographical correlation criterion. He elaborated the differences between the concept of bidding zones as in the much-discussed delegated act supplementing RED II and the Indian electricity system. Subsequently, he also gave recommendations for action on how certification schemes could resolve uncertainties and investment risks for renewable hydrogen producers in India.

The presentations were followed by an open Q&A session, which was moderated by Prof. Dr. Chitra Rajagopal, Director, CoE Process Safety, Risk Management & Green Hydrogen, IIT-Delhi.

Please find a short study on:

Green Hydrogen Certification for Export to Europe:Compatibility Gap Analysis of European Sustainability Criteria for Renewable Hydrogen Production with the Indian Electricity System by conenergy consult

Please find the presentations from the webinar below:

Presentation on Status quo EU Requirements for renewable hydrogen by Jan-Hendrik Scheyl 
Presentation on Complying with European Sustainability Criteria for Renewable Hydrogen by Simon Byrtus

Furthermore, recordings of the webinar and the Q&A session can be found here: 

Knowledge Session "Update on EU Sustainability Criteria Certification for Green Hydrogen Projects" - Youtube