MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Leading companies in the energy, technology and automotive sectors, supported by WEC-Colombia and the Colombian Hydrogen Association, with the accompaniment of the German embassies in Colombia and Colombia in Germany, today expressed their interest in supporting the Roadmap of Hydrogen in the country.
Support from the productive sector and international cooperation are essential to advance the energy transition and promote hydrogen as a source of clean energy, which will allow the economic reactivation of Colombia to be boosted.
Bogotá DC, September 30, 2021. A group of eight large Colombian and international companies delivered today to the President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, and to the Minister of Mines and Energy, Diego Mesa Puyo, a letter in which they express their interest in advance in the implementation of the Hydrogen Roadmap in Colombia, within the framework of the launch of the Hydrogen Road of the National Government.
Among the companies that signed the letter are Ecopetrol, Grupo Energía Bogotá, Transportadora de Gas Internacional-TGI, Promigas, ENGIE, Siemens Energy, Porsche Colombia, Daimler Colombia, the unions: the World Energy Council – WEC Colombia, and the Colombian Association of Hydrogen, with the accompaniment of the Embassies of the Federal Republic of Germany in Colombia and the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia in Germany.
In the communication delivered today, the companies express their conviction of the role that hydrogen will play in the energy transition as an engine of economic and social development for the country. The signatories of what they have called “Expression of Interest” highlight the importance of joint work between the productive sector, public and private, and international cooperation, to achieve results that allow the country to advance in meeting the goals of decarbonization and for Colombia to enter the global hydrogen economy, complementing the current energy matrix.
“We express our great interest in contributing concretely to the development of the entire hydrogen value chain, contributing our knowledge, leadership and technology to advance the route set by the Government and encourage this industry of the future.” indicates the “Expression of Interest.”
Hydrogen was recently included as a Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Source (FNCER) in the Energy Transition Law, in order to strengthen the possibilities that the country has to diversify its energy matrix and seek new sources of decarbonization of all sectors of the society. In addition to that, hydrogen will offer Colombia an immense opportunity to generate a sustainable export product, based on its enormous reserves of natural resources.
The communication delivered to the Government adds that “Colombia, with its natural resources and competitive advantages, faces an enormous opportunity to assume a strategic role in Latin America, leading new opportunities in the regional and global hydrogen economy. To achieve real and significant progress requires a joint effort and commitment between the productive sector, academia and the Government ”.
The country has significant potential to take advantage of different resources to generate hydrogen, and become a leader in the regional context, due to its geographical location, its natural resources, and the boost that is being given in regulatory and normative matters. All these factors will make it possible to attract investments to the country that will also contribute to economic reactivation. It is important to note that Colombia was included as one of the five most attractive emerging markets for FNCER investments globally, by investors, private sector companies, industry associations and civil society, which are part of the IRENA Coalition for Action .
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