Clean hydrogen: A long-awaited solution for hard-to-abate sectors?

One of the world’s biggest climate challenges is decarbonizing fossil energy uses that cannot be directly electrified using renewable power. Among so-called ‘hard-to-abate’ (HTA) sectors are major industries that rely on fossil fuels, either for high-temperature energy or for chemical feedstocks. New research examines how China — by far the largest producer of iron, steel, cement, and building materials — can potentially utilize clean hydrogen (‘green’ and ‘blue’ hydrogen) to decarbonize HTA sectors, and aid in achieving its 2030 and 2060 decarbonization pledges.One of the world’s biggest climate challenges is decarbonizing fossil energy uses that cannot be directly electrified using renewable power. Among so-called ‘hard-to-abate’ (HTA) sectors are major industries that rely on fossil fuels, either for high-temperature energy or for chemical feedstocks. New research examines how China — by far the largest producer of iron, steel, cement, and building materials — can potentially utilize clean hydrogen (‘green’ and ‘blue’ hydrogen) to decarbonize HTA sectors, and aid in achieving its 2030 and 2060 decarbonization pledges.

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