Country: Argentina

Document type: National Strategy

Title: National Strategy for the Development of the Hydrogen Economy

Released: September 2023

Summary Points:

Key 2050 goals/findings include:

  • At least 5 million tonnes of low-emissions hydrogen production, of which 4 million tonnes is allocated to the export market and 1 million tonnes to the domestic market to decarbonise current hydrogen applications (steel, petrochemicals, and refining industries) and to meet new uses (mainly synthetic fuels).
  • To meet these production targets, at least 30 GW of installed electrolyser capacity and 55 GW of additional renewable energy capacity would need to be installed.
  • Hydrogen production would revolve around production hubs, including the development of 5 hydrogen production hubs and adaptation of 2 to 5 ports to support hydrogen exports.
  • A major transformation of infrastructure into critical road corridors and ports is required to support attainment of production targets.

The Strategy notes that in May 2023, the “Promotion of Hydrogen Produced with a Low Emission of Carbon and Other Greenhouse Gases” bill was introduced in Congress. The bill defines a hydrogen regulatory framework to guarantee “necessary investment conditions” for hydrogen industry development.

In order to provide a framework of sustainability to the development of the activity, Argentina is carrying out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Hydrogen Economy. The work, which began to roll out in mid-2023, is designed to:

  • Provide greater consistency between production objectives and environmental goals, within the framework of compliance with current environmental regulations.
  • Generate conditions of greater certainty for potential investments, establishing a reference framework for the Environmental Impact Assessments that would need to be prepared by individual projects; and
  • Develop proposals for potential zoning for the establishment of productive poles.


January 2024