In September 2020, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) initiated a process to develop the HSRM (Hydrogen Society Roadmap) in collaboration with key relevant departments as well as the private sector and civil society through a consultative process, which culminated in a stakeholder collaboration workshop on 14 July 2021.
This led to the Cabinet approval of the Hydrogen Society Roadmap on the 14th September 2021.
The implementation of this Roadmap is expected to support inclusive growth and assist government to reduce unemployment, poverty and inequality.
Dr BE Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation of South Africa,
"The Hydrogen Society Roadmap is one of government’s strategies and policy direction aimed at bringing together a variety of stakeholders and institutions (both public and private) around a common vision on how to use and deploy hydrogen and hydrogen related technologies as part of our economic development and greening objectives. As a country we have demonstrated our scientific capacity and capabilities in confronting the Covid 19 pandemic. Similarly this roadmap is also important and has the potential of placing South Africa as an important player, participant and scientific thought leader in the emerging global hydrogen system.
I am confident that through the effective implementation of this hydrogen society roadmap, hydrogen will become an important energy source and catalyser that will, amongst other things, enable decarbonisation of crucial carbon intensive sectors of our economy, like heavy duty transport and other energy intensive industries. Successful implementation of this roadmap must lead to the rapid development of a green power sector, a domestic manufacturing sector for hydrogen products, fuel cell components, and the creation of an export market for South Africa’s green hydrogen."
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