North American Leaders Advance Clean Hydrogen Collaboration
By Goodrich Riquelme y Asociados
Government and industry leaders from Mexico and the United States gathered in Mexico City at a climate change, green energy, and clean hydrogen business and technical seminar to explore and advance clean hydrogen strategies and standards outlined at the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in 2023.
The event, which included several U.S. companies interested in hydrogen and fuel cell opportunities in Mexico, follows on the heels of productive discussions between representatives of the United States, Mexico, and Canada at NALS, where all three nations acknowledged the urgency of implementing clean energy solutions, particularly the acceleration of hydrogen in the clean energy transition.
Common areas of focus identified at the NALS include research, development, and demonstration; safety, codes and standards; certification; market development and manufacturing; and skilled workforce development. Discussions included enhancement of market access for U.S. companies, including harmonization of hydrogen standards across North America; showcasing clean hydrogen projects in the U.S.; and helping Mexico achieve climate goals through adoption of U.S. technology and industrial decarbonization initiatives.
Additionally, Mexico officials have targeted development of a clean hydrogen strategy, and U.S. officials seek to implement environmental justice and equity across hydrogen initiatives nationwide.
"As part of our NALS commitment established earlier this year, we are very pleased to be working directly with counterparts in Mexico to mutually advance our clean hydrogen strategies," stated Sunita Satyapal, Director for the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office. "Much like climate change, clean hydrogen reaches beyond international borders—cooperation is essential to advancing domestic priorities and, equally, those of our neighbors."