The Union government has approved the extension of the Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) for the next 10 years. The HSRM gives effect to the Hydrogen South Africa Strategy that was noded by Cabinet in 2007 to prepare the country for a hydrogen economy.
The Hydrogen Society Roadmap builds on what has been achieved in a decade of time to prepare South Africa to move from research and development to manufacturing and commercialisation.
In a statement, Cabinet says the HSRM effectively integrates all hydrogen-related technologies in various sectors of the economy and also fosters inclusive economic growth. It further positions South Africa as a destination with sustainable hydrogen economic capability and also expands export markets on hydrogen technologies.
It added that "Local manufacturing of hydrogen products and components will contribute towards job creation and skills development, and also enhance economic transformation that will benefit the previously marginalised sector of society, particularly women and youth.
"The Hydrogen Society Roadmap also provides interventions that will contribute towards the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It will, amongst others, enhance the provision of renewable energy to the main electricity grid and it proposes interventions in the Heavy-Duty Transport sector, which is one of the contributors in GHG emissions," the statement adds.