Germany accelerates climate action through global scale-up of green hydrogen economy

Germany is planning to provide another 550 million euros for the establishment of new hydrogen funds at KfW. 

This was announced today by German Development Minister Svenja Schulze and Stefan Wenzel, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Economic Affairs Ministry, at the 27th UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Two special hydrogen funds are to be created in order to provide tailored support. The PtX Development Fund will foster hydrogen investment in developing and emerging economies, while the PtX Growth Fund will contribute to accelerating the global market and infrastructure development for green hydrogen across all countries.

Development Minister Svenja Schulze said:

"It is not only climate change but also the current energy crisis that is showing us worldwide just how important it is to develop alternatives to coal, oil and gas. Green hydrogen is a key technology in this regard. Many developing countries have ideal conditions for green hydrogen production. But there is a risk that they might still be excluded from the value chains of the future, because support programmes currently mainly exist in wealthy countries. The new green hydrogen economy will have to be characterised by greater justice than the old fossil economy. This means that the value chains of the future must benefit the developing countries, too. That is why the new PtX Development Fund is not just intended to foster the production of green hydrogen in developing countries but also its use on the ground."

Parliamentary State Secretary Stefan Wenzel said:

"Germany is working both nationally and internationally to advance the development of climate-neutral energy networks – based on green hydrogen if possible, because in all instances where we cannot make the energy supply carbon-free through renewable, clean electricity and more energy efficiency, we will need green hydrogen and PtX products. The current energy crisis has sped up the development of the hydrogen economy beyond what had been expected. Now it will be vital to create an enabling environment for the emerging international market for green hydrogen. We now have the unique opportunity to bring more solidarity and justice to that market than we used to have in international energy markets before – working closely with the new producing countries in the Global South. KfW's new hydrogen funds are a blueprint for that."

The new support programme, which will be administered by KfW, will close a significant support gap. While "H2 Global" is a double auction mechanism to support the import of hydrogen to Germany, the new funds are intended to significantly accelerate the development of the global hydrogen value chain. To that end, they will put a focus on financing projects in developing and emerging economies.

The effort will be based on two pillars. The Development Fund, under the responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will be provided with 250 million euros. The Growth Fund, under the responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), is to be provided with 300 million euros. The funds are to be set up before the end of this year in order to facilitate investment in the near future and significantly accelerate the development of the global hydrogen value chain.

They are intended to help reduce the funding gap for large-scale green hydrogen projects. They will provide grants for investments along the entire value chain – from green hydrogen production to processing all the way to storage and hydrogen and PtX product transport infrastructure. The PtX products can be used locally in the partner countries or be exported for purposes such as fertiliser production from green ammonia, replacement of natural gas for carbon-free steel and metal production, and e-kerosene for aviation, shipping and heavy goods vehicles.

The PtX Development Fund is intended to assist developing and emerging economies in building local value chains around green hydrogen.
The PtX Growth Fund will support German and European companies that have an office or production facilities in Germany. Its purpose is to provide grants to support investments that boost the economy and are able to contribute to accelerating the global market for green hydrogen.

BMWK press release

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Hydrogen projects of the IKI

Through the International Climate Initiative, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairsalso promotes the expansion of hydrogen markets in developing and emerging countries: 

The PtX Pathways project supports the development of sustainable hydrogen/PtX markets as a key component of the energy transition in Morocco, South Africa and Argentina. 

Through participation in the International Power-to-X (PtX) Hub, an IKI project is enabling emerging and developing countries to contribute to the international market scaling-up of sustainable electricity-based fuels.