The National Council for Energy Policy (CNPE) approved on Thursday 23 a resolution to establish the creation and structuring of the governance of the National Hydrogen Program (PNH2). The initiative aims to develop the economy of input in the country, focusing on its use for the energy sector. Now the provision will be submitted to the deliberation of President Jair Bolsonaro.
The college met on Thursday morning for the second extraordinary meeting. The meeting was attended by the ministers of mines and energy, Adolfo Sachsida, of the economy, Paulo Guedes, of the environment, Joaquim Leite, and of the extraordinary secretary for strategic affairs of the Presidency of the Republic, Admiral Flávio Rocha.
According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), the governance of the program involves the creation of a management committee that will provide strategic guidelines, which will be implemented through the organization of thematic chambers. The intention is that these groups promote debates on the subject.
“After the publication of the resolution, the next steps foresee the organization of the meetings of the management committee and of the thematic chambers, with the presentation of a three-year work plan”, informs the ministry in a note. The ministry stressed that hydrogen is seen as “a great potential in the energy transition”, contributing to the reduction of emissions.
The issue had already been addressed by the CNPE in previous deliberations. In a resolution of March 2021, the group identified hydrogen as one of the priority topics for investment in research. In April last year, the college decided to carry out a study to propose guidelines for the program, which were presented by the MME to the college in August.
According to the ministry, the program is based on three pillars: public policies, technology and the market. “The guidelines of the program are structured around six strategic axes: strengthening of the scientific and technological bases, training of human resources, energy planning, legal and regulatory-regulatory framework, market opening and growth and competitiveness, international cooperation”.