Global commission formed to accelerate approvals of renewables, green hydrogen

It is expected to present its recommendations to the UN General Assembly in September 2023.

The Planning for Climate Commission was launched at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference to focus on ramping up the planning and approvals for the installation of renewables and green hydrogen for energy security and climate change.

The Commission is a joint initiative by the Green Hydrogen organisation, International Hydropower Association, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the Global Soal Council, and the Long Duration Energy Storage Council.

It will come up with a set of recommendations by mid-2023 that will be presented to the UN General Assembly in 2023.

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In a statement, GWEC said around 10,800 gigawatts (GW) of installed renewable capacity is needed to maintain the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celcius.

Around 800GW of renewable energy will also be needed to produce 100 million tonnes of green hydrogen to replace fossil hydrogen and decarbonise food production and heavy industry by 2030, it said.

“The numbers are staggering and will only be achieved through a new, innovative and efficient approach to planning and approvals which ensures both speed and buy-in communities,” the statement read.

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