Hydrogen is a promising solution for decarbonizing hard-to-electrify sectors, and China has incorporated it in its latest national development strategy. Yet, although China is the world’s largest hydrogen producer and consumer, less than 0.1% of the hydrogen it produces is from renewable sources of energy.
This report maps out China’s pathway towards its 2030 objectives for green hydrogen, building on the work of the Accelerating Clean Hydrogen Initiative of the World Economic Forum, which has published similar pathways for Europe and Japan. Backed by in-depth analysis of China’s green hydrogen market, this paper proposes six goals to overcome key barriers in China’s green hydrogen market development, accompanied by 35 enabling measures and recommendations. These centre on building a new energy system and a full supply chain of hydrogen through industrial, regional and global collaborations.