May 31, 2023 #ChileSustentable

A green maritime corridor from Chilean ports to Dutch ports: CHILE STRENGTHENS LEADERSHIP IN GREEN HYDROGEN COMPETITION

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A key step towards our country's leadership in H2V development was signed at the World Hydrogen 2023 Summit & Exhibition. The Chilean Ministry of Energy, together with the Ministry of Climate and Energy of the Netherlands; the Municipality of Mejillones and Puerto Angamos committed to create together a green maritime corridor that considers transport from Chilean ports to Dutch ports.

For three days the main exponents of the green hydrogen chain in Chile participated in a key event for the development of the country: the World Hydrogen 2023 Summit & Exhibition, held between May 9 and 11 in Rotterdam, with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Chile as one of the organizers of the event.

The agenda began with the Chile Business Event, organized by ProChile and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Chile.

The delegation was led by ProChile, and was attended by Invest Chile and a hundred executives from 55 companies in the H2V ecosystem, and local governments. The Chilean public and private sector deployed around an industry that is today a priority for the sustainable development of the planet and where Chile has geographical advantages that make it the most competitive producer and exporter of the fuel of the future in the world.  

According to the Chilean Hydrogen Association (H2 Chile), exports of green hydrogen could be as important as copper or lithium for our country, in addition to the value it will generate along the production chain and the services associated with the industry, which would mostly go to local benefit. 

Hence, according to H2 Chile, incorporating green hydrogen as a replacement for fossil fuels in various energy-intensive production processes, such as mining or transportation, not only contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions - today the main challenge for the survival of humanity - but also allows generating a favorable differentiation for goods such as copper or green steel, by producing them through a clean fuel and widely valued in developed nations, which have higher environmental standards.  

As the Ministry of Energy, we value this type of public-private meeting," said Diego Pardow, head of the portfolio. Green hydrogen has a fundamental role in Chile's path towards our goal of carbon neutrality in 2050. Our commitment is to take advantage of the potential offered by our country and implement public policies that allow us to become world leaders in the production of this clean fuel and its derivatives". And he highlights the comparative advantages of Chile for the development of Green Hydrogen: "The wind in southern Chile and solar radiation in the Atacama Desert are more powerful than anywhere else in the world. That allows plant factors that cannot be found anywhere else.


One of the major achievements resulting from the World Hydrogen 2023 Summit & Exhibition was the signing of a Joint Declaration between Chilean and Dutch partners, public and private, to expedite the development of the green hydrogen ecosystem in the Mejillones Bay area, Antofagasta, in order to materialize a green maritime corridor between both countries and to promote and strengthen economic, scientific and technological cooperation and exchanges, improving bilateral cooperation to jointly promote public and private initiatives in green hydrogen. 

Promoted by the Ministry of Energy of our country, the Joint Declaration was signed by the Ministry of Climate and Energy of the Netherlands; the Municipality of Mejillones and Puerto Angamos.

The mayor of Mejillones, Marcelino Carvajal -who was part of the Chilean delegation, which also included Gloria Maldonado, president of ENAP-highlighted the region's privileged position.

"Its renewable energy capabilities have put us in a privileged position to lead the production and export of green hydrogen. We hope to work in coordination with the different actors so that the development of this industry is aligned with the vision and The Mejillones Bay is a strategic pole of logistic development and a reference of the industry at national and world level, with nine port terminals, which opens possibilities to the maritime-port activity and, above all, to Puerto Angamos, for the development of new projects related to hydrogen and green ammonia".

The general director of ProChile, Ignacio Fernandez, stated that the agreement is part of a strategy to disseminate the opportunities that the development of the H2V industry represents for Chile and the permanent articulating work carried out by the institution, through its network of regional and commercial offices, to connect the parties of the global green hydrogen chain. This, when the country works together with the main ports to create green corridors to export the hydrogen produced in a renewable way and distribute it efficiently in different markets. 

"Collaboration with various countries and ports is key to position Chile internationally and we must continue working with great conviction to invite the world to move forward together in this energy transition in which we want to contribute for the benefit of the entire planet. Participating in this important World Hydrogen Summit is part of this collaborative strategy of several state institutions together with the private sector, which will allow a hundred representatives of our ecosystem to present to the world the great potential offered by our country," said the director general of ProChile. 


With the aim of positioning Chile's vision and aspiration in the industry, since the previous government of Sebastián Piñera, the country has a National Green Hydrogen Strategy. This has been complemented with the Action Plan 2023-2030 of Gabriel Boric's administration, which promotes a more comprehensive, participatory approach and aims to create a sustainable industry that enables more complex and diverse local economies. 

The Action Plan, which will be released in the second half of 2023, considers the needs of the regions and their inhabitants (mainly Antofagasta and Magallanes, poles of development of this industry), through a decentralizing component. Thus, it will have three lines of action: investments and institutional framework; sustainability and local value, as well as infrastructure and territorial organization. The above, according to the portfolio, with emphasis on citizen participation, representatives of the public and private sectors, academia and civil society. It will also have a Strategic Committee, which will provide direct advice for the development of this industry, through a cross-cutting and institutional policy that guarantees the continuity of the strategic plan into the future.

Green Hydrogen has a fundamental role in Chile's path towards the goal of carbon neutrality in 2050, in line with the Framework Law on Climate Change, in force since July 2022, which makes our country a regional leader in the matter.


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