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THE WASHINGTON POST: Clean energy superstar or smokescreen for fossil fuel use? Here’s what you need to know about hydrogen.

By Tik Root | March 17, 2022

“There is tremendous excitement around the globe,” said Paula Gant, senior vice president for strategy and innovation at GTI, an organization aiming to unlock the potential of natural gas and other energy resources. “The moment has arrived for hydrogen.” ...

There is an effort to move away from the color scheme for classifying hydrogen toward more specific measures of emissions.

“The carbon intensity is highly variable, even within the same technology,” said Zane McDonald, executive director of the recently launched Open Hydrogen Initiative, a collaboration among GTI, the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and S&P Global Platts. Policy decisions, McDonald argued, require more granular information, and the goal is to arrive at a more straightforward metric such as kilograms of carbon dioxide per kilogram of hydrogen.

“As the conversation around hydrogen matures,” he said, “we see a need for a greater level of transparency.”

Now another initiative is under way to help the market become more credible: S&P Global Platts, a provider for benchmark prices in the commodities and energy markets, is joining forces with other industry players to create a so-called Open Hydrogen Initiative (OHI) — a platform to let investors and companies track carbon emissions from hydrogen.

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FINANCIAL TIMES: The hydrogen market’s growing credibility

By Gillian Tett, Kristen Talman, and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson | February 21, 2022

The hydrogen market is red hot today, or so many opportunistic investors would say. However, like many nascent areas of finance, it has hitherto operated with considerable opacity. Last autumn, one of the first efforts to create more price transparency and consistency emerged: Deutsche Börse’s power and gas exchange EEX announced plans to launch a new price index in 2022.

Now another initiative is under way to help the market become more credible: S&P Global Platts, a provider for benchmark prices in the commodities and energy markets, is joining forces with other industry players to create a so-called Open Hydrogen Initiative (OHI) — a platform to let investors and companies track carbon emissions from hydrogen.

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THE PARKERSBURG NEWS AND SENTINEL: National Energy Technology Laboratory, partners rolling out Open Hydrogen Initiative

By Staff Reports | February 19, 2022

MORGANTOWN — The National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, GTI and S&P Global Platts have launched the Open Hydrogen Initiative. The collaboration will delve into the environmental impact of hydrogen production including carbon intensity in hyrdogen production.

“The potential for hydrogen to play a significant role as the global energy system transitions to a lower carbon intensity is vast,” Brian Anderson, director at the technology lab, said. “As hydrogen generation and use scales up, the market needs to adopt a consistent approach to the assessment of hydrogen’s greenhouse gas footprint that is agnostic to the different production technologies, modes of transportation and end-use sectors.”

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UPSTREAM: Open Hydrogen Initiative calls for transparent accounts of emissions

By Naomi Klinge| February 18, 2022

The Gas Technology Institute (GTI), the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and S&P Global Platts have launched the Open Hydrogen Initiative (OHI) to make the environmental impacts of hydrogen production more transparent.

The companies said there is a high degree of variability in hydrogen production when it comes to carbon intensity, even within the same ‘colours’ of production.

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CHEMICAL PROCESSING: Open Hydrogen Initiative Aims To Further Transparency

By Chemical Processing Staff | February 18, 2022

GTI, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and S&P Global Platts launch the Open Hydrogen Initiative (OHI), a collaboration to further transparency into the environmental impact of hydrogen production and help unlock its full potential as an important driver of energy transitions. There is a high degree of variability in the carbon intensity of hydrogen production, even using the same technologies or pathways, according to GTI. Precise measurements of hydrogen’s carbon intensity at the production facility (also known as the asset level) are reportedly needed to more accurately reflect the environmental bona fides of a given kilogram of hydrogen produced and overcome the limitations of the “color-wheel” labeling model. An apples-to-apples comparison of hydrogen production carbon intensity would hold benefits for stakeholders throughout the value chain—producers, users, engineers, academia, market participants, investors and policymakers, says GTI.

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E&E NEWS ENERGY WIRE: How Clean is Clean Hydrogen? DOE Lab, Groups to Map Emissions

By David Iaconangelo | February 17, 2022

A Department of Energy laboratory, gas industry researchers and market analysts announced an initiative yesterday to create new standards defining and measuring how "clean" hydrogen production facilities are. The Open Hydrogen Initiative (OHI), led by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), S&P Global Platts and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), is convening a wide range of voices on energy policy in the hopes of developing global metrics for calculating hydrogen's greenhouse gas emissions. ... The OHI's three conveners say they're aiming to attract a far more diverse group to shape how the initiative tracks carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Their group will seek to include environmental NGOs, academics and government officials as well as utilities, investors, and oil and gas majors, said GTI’s Zane McDonald. "There's such a wide palette of groups that could be interested in using this tool," he said. "That's really within the DNA of this initiative."

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BGOV MORNING ENERGY NEWSLETTER: ENERGY BRIEFING: Biden Climate Vow Teeters Before Supreme Court

By Kellie Lunney and Zachary Sherwood| February 17, 2022

S&P Global Platts Seeks to Give Hydrogen a Scorecard: S&P Global Platts, the energy and commodities pricing service, has teamed up with a national lab and a nonprofit research group to create a tool for measuring the carbon intensity of different sources of hydrogen, showing the global-warming impact of each. The tool, a version of which could be ready in 18 months, won’t just look at how the hydrogen is made — whether it’s stripped from water or natural gas, and which energysource is used to power its production. Instead, it will evaluate individ ual hydrogen production plants, giving each facility a score it can show to customers and investors. Read more from David R Baker.

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BLOOMBERG: How Clean Is Hydrogen? Platts, Others Seek to Give Fuel a Score

By David R. Baker | February 16, 2022

The hydrogen economy could soon get a scorecard, a way to measure just how climate-friendly the fuel really is. And the results could shape markets worldwide. S&P Global Platts, the energy and commodities pricing service, has teamed up with a national lab and a nonprofit research group to create a tool for measuring the carbon intensity of different sources of hydrogen, showing the global-warming impact of each. ... “We don’t need five standards globally — we need one that’s effective,” said Paula Gant, GTI’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation. ... The OHI Initiative aims for its work and its finished product to be open-sourced, so anyone can see how it works and trust the results. “We’re doing this with the world watching, and they can see under the hood,” Gant said.

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