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The Government of British Columbia has released a comprehensive hydrogen strategy as part of CleanBC plans to get to net-zero emissions by 2050. The BC Hydrogen Strategy outlines 63 actions to be taken over the next 15 years by government, industry and others and is supported by investments as part of Budget 2021.

BC is already Canada’s top hydrogen market, home to more than 50% of Canada’s hydrogen and fuel-cell companies. The province accounts for about 60% of research investment in hydrogen and fuel-cell development and is the first province in Canada to release a comprehensive hydrogen strategy. 

The Province estimates that Hydrogen has the potential to reduce the province’s emissions by 7.2 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050 and touts hydrogen as one of the only solutions for decarbonizing sectors where direct electrification is not practical, such as industrial heating. 

To achieve targets, the B.C. Hydrogen Strategy prioritizes renewable and low-carbon hydrogen pathways - green and blue hydrogen. The immediate priorities are to scale-up green hydrogen production and establish a regulatory framework for Carbon Capture and Storage to enable blue hydrogen production while ensuring emissions are minimized.

Earlier this month, the Province amended the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation to allow for the increased production of renewable gas, including hydrogen.

Read more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021EMLI0045-001306

Read the BC hydrogen strategy: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/electricity-alternative-energy/electricity/bc-hydro-review/bc_hydrogen_strategy_final.pdf