Today, the business council, events producer, and training provider for the sustainable energy and infrastructure industries, The Sustainable Energy Council (SEC), announced it will hold the Hydrogen Americas Summit on 8 – 11 June 2021. Accordingly, the Council will gather public and private sector leaders from across the region to discuss hydrogen industry opportunities and challenges.
Additionally, the Summit aims to set a pathway for regional collaboration across North and Latin America in this regard. Thus, SEC looks to encourage companies and administrations through the event to adapt their businesses in line with climate targets.
Moreover, SEC is looking forward to enhancing participation in the growing hydrogen value chain and keep up with the rapidly evolving business environment.
Hydrogen – A Needed Change For the Industry – SEC
Worth noting, while emissions worldwide dipped sharply last year due to pandemic-related lockdowns, coming back to business-as-usual can disregard the agreed climate policy.
Therefore, the new United States administration is seeking an accountable, transparent pathway to reduce emissions in the prospect of having a net-zero economy by 2050. Similarly, Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy is targeting the same result and positions the country as a world-leading producer, user, and exporter of clean hydrogen.
Concurrently, Latin America has huge potential to become one of the world’s hydrogen powerhouses. In fact, there are vast renewable resources in the region. Thus, Latin America can become a major green hydrogen exporter, particularly for North America.
Hence, considering these circumstances, decision-makers from across the region industry will discuss crucial topics. Particularly, to drive the clean hydrogen industry forward in the event. Some questions that the panelists will need to address are related, for instance; to how to approach economic growth and other national interests with domestic hydrogen.
Another question is what mechanisms would be needed to enhance the subsidization of hydrogen production in the regulatory environment.
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Moreover, SEC looks to target timescales and commercial opportunities to adopt Green Hydrogen at the event. Particularly, the Summit will focus on how the LATAM & Caribbean region can harness the potential of hydrogen. Also, how can it become a leading exporter.
In fact, Confirmed Ministers and decision-makers speaking at the Summit include; HE Minister Juan Carlos Jobet Eluchans, Minister of Energy, Government of Chile; H.E. Omar Paganini, Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Government of Uruguay; H.E. Franklin Molina Ortiz, Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energies, Government of Bolivia; and Hon. Deodat Indar, Minister within the Ministry of Public Works, Government of Guyana.
Also HE Rosilena Lindo, Undersecretary of Energy, Government of Panama; Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas & Electricity, Government of Alberta, Canada; and Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director – Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy.
Provincial panelists will also participate; for instance, J Andrew McAllister, Ph.D., Commissioner, California Energy Commission. Also, Christopher Cannon, Director of Environmental Management & Chief Sustainability Officer, Port of Los Angeles.
Finally, on the private initiative side, SEC will have the participation of Ryosuke “Ricky” Sakai; Vice President of New Business Development, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group.