Country: Namibia

Document type: Green Hydrogen and Derivatives Strategy

Released: November 2022

Document type: National Strategy

Summary Points:

Namibia’s ambition to produce green hydrogen, as well as developing exports of hydrogen derivatives, such as green ammonia, e-methanol, synthetic kerosene and hot- briquetted iron.

The Namibian green hydrogen and derivatives strategy targets an at-scale green fuels industry with a production of 10-15 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) hydrogen equivalent by 2050, with ramp-up targets as follows:

  • 2030: 1-2 Mtpa hydrogen equivalent
  • 2040: 5-7 Mtpa hydrogen equivalent
  • 2050: 10-15 Mtpa hydrogen equivalent

In supporting the 2050 ramp-up target, the strategy highlights the aspiration to develop three hydrogen valleys: in the southern region of Kharas, the central region, including Walvis Bay port and the capital Windhoek, and the northern region of Kunene.

The short-term goal identified in the strategy is to launch and develop Hyphen Hydrogen Energy and the necessary infrastructure and set the project up for long-term success.

In November 2022, it is reported that Namibia had secured over €540 million in climate finance from the Dutch government and the European Investment Bank to support development of green hydrogen and renewable energy projects in the country.

In November 2022, Namibia and the EU announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a strategic partnership on Sustainable Raw Materials Value Chains and Renewable Hydrogen. In October 2023, the EC President and the President of Namibia endorsed the operational roadmap (for the period 2023-2025) for this EU–Namibia strategic partnership, supported by €1 billion in investments by the EU, its Member States and European financial institutions. The EU will also support an upcoming study for the development of the Port of Walvis Bay into an industrial and logistics hub for the region.


Updated: October 2023