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Hydrogen Transition Summit

23 & 25 FEB | Shifting to a Hydrogen Economy: A Roadmap to Reality

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About this Summit

An increasing number of nations are including hydrogen as a key aspect of their transition strategies, with some already having dedicated hydrogen plans. As governments are due to submit their updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) ahead of COP26, hydrogen will play a critical role in meeting 2030 targets and beyond.
The Hydrogen Transition Summit is presented in 4 sessions over 2 days exploring the role of clean hydrogen as a key driver of the transition to net-zero. The Summit brings together over 1,000 stakeholders from across the policy, investment, technology and regulation spectrum to discuss the key action points needed in order to make the hydrogen economy a reality.





The Hydrogen Economy: Vital to the Energy Transition?

23 February 2021 | 10:00 – 11:15 GMT

This first session of the Hydrogen Transition Summit will explore the role of clean hydrogen in the Net-Zero transition. From storage to energy production to the grid and the gas network, there are many ways in which hydrogen can provide vital solutions to issues faced as part of the Energy Transition. It will bring together key stakeholders from the public sector, finance and investment, private sector, and NGOs and Civil Society groups to explore the ways in which different actors can work together help achieve climate goals, with hydrogen being a critical aspect.

Core discussion points:

  • How do different stakeholders view the role of hydrogen in the energy transition?
  • In what ways are different countries approaching hydrogen and developing strategies around it?
  • How can various stakeholder groups work together to ensure the hydrogen economy becomes a reality?



What’s Stopping the Hydrogen Economy from Being a Reality?

23 February 2021 | 14:00 – 15:10 GMT

The second session will delve into the current challenges and barriers to renewable hydrogen being at the heart of the energy transition. This will cover a lack of policy and regulatory frameworks, uncertainty around business models, the market for clean hydrogen, and supply and demand dynamics to which are hindering investors to the absence of cross-industry and cross-border collaboration.

Core discussion points:

  • Lack of policy and regulatory frameworks and how these differ from country to country – who are the leaders?
  • How to create a market for clean hydrogen – cross border and cross industry collaboration
  • Why aren’t investors investing & how to change this



What are the Vital Steps to Shift to a Hydrogen Economy?

25 February 2021 | 10:00 – 11:15 GMT

The penultimate session of our 4-session event will hear from top-level representatives from government, the private sector, and the finance and investment community who will discuss the steps they’re currently taking and what else needs to be done to ensure hydrogen is at the centre of a successful transition. Bringing together policymakers, the finance and investment community, business innovators, academics, and non-profit professionals, this session will focus largely on audience involvement and Q&A to help identify the required policy, financial frameworks, and market dynamics/business models to ensure the success of a hydrogen economy.

Core discussion points:

  • What actions need to be prioritised in the next 12 months to achieve 2030 targets?
  • What finance streams need to be prioritised to ensure investment into hydrogen and how can these be supported?
  • Innovative policy and regulatory frameworks to enable countries to become hydrogen hotspots



Time to Act: Creating the Roadmap to Reality

25 February 2021 | 14:00 – 15:10 GMT

The final session of the Hydrogen Transition Summit will bring together the main points from the last three sessions to culminate with clear action points both speakers and the audience can take away with them, with a view to taking action in the next 12 months to ensure that climate targets are met in the next decade.

Core discussion points:

  • What actions need to be prioritised in the next 12 months to achieve 2030 targets?
  • What finance streams need to be prioritised to ensure investment into hydrogen and how can these be supported?
  • Innovative policy and regulatory frameworks to enable countries to become hydrogen hotspots


Headline Partner

We are a Swiss-based investment company dedicated to renewable energy. We identify, develop and deliver green energy assets. We are a driving force in the ongoing transition of the industry towards green energy being focused on the deployment of solar, wind and green hydrogen projects. We are committed to pursuing the potential of hydrogen and related technology as an ideal complement for utilizing and storing renewable energy. Smartenergy, founded 2011, is headquartered in Wollerau, Switzerland. Beyond our Team in Wollerau, we rely on our own local subsidiaries in all major markets in Europe. Local knowledge and proximity to the industry stakeholders allow us identifying and securing opportunities at an early stage while creating synergies across the entire value chain.


Industry Partners

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is a global manufacturing and engineering firm, engaged in the sectors of power & energy, transport & logistics, infrastructure & industrial machinery, aerospace and defense. We are committed to developing solutions for a carbon neutral world and an improved quality of life for all. Our broad energy portfolio ranges from conventional and nuclear to renewables such as geothermal and ORC applications. We also provide critical components to the world’s largest nuclear fusion experiment ITER. MHI Group has a strong presence across the entire hydrogen value chain. We have global investments in and have started developing production facilities, including electrolysers. As an industry leader in CCUS technologies for various applications, we can also provide carbon capture systems for blue hydrogen production. Solid oxide fuel cells capable of hydrogen-firing, hydrogen-based energy storage and hydrogen-ready gas turbines complement our other activities in decarbonizing the energy sector. In hard-to-abate industries, we have a number of decarbonisation technologies such as low-carbon steel manufacturing solutions using hydrogen.

The Carbon Trust is an expert partner for businesses, governments and organisations around the world – supporting them in realising ambitious plans for a sustainable, low carbon future. We believe that environmental sustainability and economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand as we address the climate crisis. The Carbon Trust has been a trusted partner to a wide range of organisations grappling with energy issues for over 19 years. We have been engaged in what could be described as ‘first of a kind’ energy systems work, for example helping UK power distribution network companies understand how best to integrate electricity storage assets onto networks, quantifying uncertainty in future energy system business models for multinational corporates, and developing deployment roadmaps for renewable energy technologies and smart (mini-) grid architectures for governments around the world.


Institutional Partners


About Transition Summits

The Transition Summits are a collection of high-level, 2-day virtual gatherings with each focusing on a specific sector transition: Hydrogen, Industry, Transport and Energy.

The Summits bring together key stakeholders driving sustainable and net-zero transition from policy and regulation to innovation, technology and investment. This is the ideal platform for investors, project developers, policymakers and innovators to share insights and expertise on key transition trends and opportunities.

These are highly sophisticated, 4-session events hosted on a professional virtual platform designed for our audience to network, connect and explore new opportunities within these specific sector transitions.


Shiva Dustdar
Head of Innovation Finance,
European Investment Bank
Jorgo Chatzimarkakis
Secretary General,
Hydrogen Europe
Ita Kettleborough
Energy Transitions Commission
Francesco La Camera
Director General,
Andreas Wagner
Hydrogen Lead,
Energy Transitions Commission
Max Correa Achurra
Head of the Fuels and New Energy Division,
Ministry of Energy, Chile
Fatih Birol
Executive Director,
International Energy Agency
Mechthild Wörsdörfer
Director, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks,
International Energy Agency
Babul Supriyo
Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change,
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India
Bart Biebuyk
Executive Director,
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)

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