Many major global economies have assessed their positions on the role of hydrogen in their future energy systems and released dedicated hydrogen strategies, roadmaps or preliminary guidelines. These countries include Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea (South Korea), Chile, France, Canada, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom to name a few. The European Commission has released a hydrogen strategy and, in the case of the United States, the Department of Energy has released its Hydrogen Program Plan.
Several economies have released energy or climate-related policy statements that include hydrogen as a key focus area and in China key provinces have announced policies of various types that include hydrogen-supporting scopes.
A comprehensive catalogue of key global hydrogen policy documents (dedicated or highly relevant for hydrogen industry development) is provided in the table below. The catalogue focusses on official releases, including where Government is a partner in its preparation or has commissioned a study.
Summary points can be accessed by clicking on the specific jurisdiction. The information is current as of August 2021. A number of countries have indicated they are preparing dedicated hydrogen strategy documents or similar for release in 2021, including Saudi Arabia.
Several documents make reference to future associated releases (e.g. implementation roadmaps) and these will also be added on release.
|Jurisdiction||Key Documents||Type||Release Date|
|Australia||Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy||National Strategy||November 2019|
|Canada||Hydrogen Strategy for Canada||National Strategy||December 2020|
|Canada – Alberta||Natural Gas Vision and Strategy||Regional Vision / Strategy||October 2020|
|Canada – British Columbia||B.C. Hydrogen Strategy||Strategy||July 2021|
|Canada – Ontario||Ontario Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy – Discussion Paper||Discussion Paper||November 2020|
|Canada – Quebec||Study on the Techno-Economic Potential of the Development of Quebec’s Hydrogen Sector and its Potential for the Energy Transition||Report||August 2020|
|Chile||National Green Hydrogen Strategy||National Strategy||November 2020|
|China||Energy Law of the People’s Republic of China (draft for comment) / China Fuel Cell Subsidy Policy||Legal System / Policy Statement||April 2020 / September 2020|
|Colombia||National Roadmap for Colombia||National Roadmap (draft)||August 2021|
|European Commission||A Hydrogen Strategy for a Climate-Neutral Europe||Supranational Strategy||July 2020|
|Finland||National Hydrogen Roadmap for Finland||National Roadmap||November 2020|
|France||National Strategy for the Development of Decarbonised and Renewable Hydrogen in France||National Strategy||September 2020|
|Germany||The National Hydrogen Strategy||National Strategy||June 2020|
|Germany – Bavaria||Bavarian Hydrogen Strategy||Regional Strategy||May 2020|
|Germany – North Coastal States||Hydrogen Strategy for North Germany||Regional Strategy||November 2019|
|Germany – North Rhine-Westphalia||Hydrogen Roadmap: North Rhine-Westphalia||Regional Roadmap||November 2020|
|Italy||National Hydrogen Strategy Preliminary Guidelines||Preliminary Guidelines||November 2020|
|Japan||Basic Hydrogen Strategy / The Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells||National Strategy / National Roadmap||December 2017 / March 2019|
|The Netherlands||Government Strategy on Hydrogen||National Strategy||April 2020|
|New Zealand||A Vision for Hydrogen in New Zealand||Vision||September 2019|
|Norway||The Norwegian Government’s Hydrogen Strategy||National Strategy||June 2020|
|Poland||Draft Polish Hydrogen Strategy until 2030 with an Outlook until 2040||Draft National Strategy||January 2021|
|Portugal||Portugal National Hydrogen Strategy||National Strategy||July 2020|
|Republic of Korea (South Korea)||Hydrogen Economy Roadmap of Korea||National Roadmap||January 2019|
|Russia||Roadmap for Development of Hydrogen Energy for 2020-2024 / Concept for the Development of Hydrogen Energy in Russia||National Roadmap / Policy Statement||October 2020 / August 2021|
|Spain||Hydrogen Roadmap – A Commitment to Renewable Energy||National Roadmap||October 2020|
|Ukraine||Draft Roadmap for Production and Use of Hydrogen in Ukraine||Draft Roadmap||March 2021|
|United Kingdom||The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution / UK Hydrogen Strategy||Policy Statement / National Hydrogen Strategy||November 2020 / August 2021|
|United Kingdom – Scottish Government||Scottish Government Hydrogen Policy Statement||Policy Statement||December 2020|
|United States||Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Program Plan / DOE Office of Fossil Energy – Hydrogen Strategy: Enabling a Low-Carbon Economy||R&D Programs||November 2020 / July 2020|
|United States – California||The California Fuel Cell Revolution: A Vision for Advancing Economic, Social and Environmental Priorities||Vision||July 2018|