The Supreme Council for Financial and Economic Affairs (SCFEA), the authority responsible for setting the public policies and approving the governing strategies of the financial, investment, economic, petroleum, and natural resources affairs in Abu Dhabi, launched today a new policy framework for low-carbon hydrogen in the Emirate.

The low-carbon hydrogen policy outlines key principles that define the framework for the low-carbon hydrogen industry, enabling cooperation between the hydrogen, natural gas, and electricity sectors and providing the necessary flexibility for industry players, as well as setting technical standards for safety and consumer protection.

The policy focuses on creating hydrogen oases and clean electricity parks to attract investment and increase operational efficiency. These oases are set to become a hub for hydrogen-related activities. They will be managed within a comprehensive governmental and regulatory framework supporting low-carbon hydrogen production and associated sustainable industries.

The policy was developed in coordination with the Department of Energy and other stakeholders in the Emirate in response to the identified potential and opportunities offered by the low-carbon hydrogen sector. The Department of Energy, under the supervision of the council, will establish the governance and regulatory environments to develop sustainable frameworks for low-carbon hydrogen production and stimulate innovation and economic diversification.

The launch of this policy confirms Abu Dhabi’s commitment to enhancing sustainability, innovation, and sustainable industrial growth within the energy sector and to strengthen the Emirate’s position as a global hub for technology and investments in low-carbon hydrogen production. It comes in line with the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 and in support of the UAE’s commitment towards a sustainable future, as evidenced by the Year of Sustainability and the hosting of COP28 from the 30th of November till the 12th of December 2023.

The policy is expected to significantly contribute to promoting low-carbon hydrogen as a future energy source, constituting a significant milestone towards ensuring economic growth, sustainability, and energy security and a strategic step towards a sustainable future.