Hydrogen has a long, impressive history—it fuelled the first internal combustion engines and launched humankind to the moon—but while the product itself isn’t new, how it’s both created and used over the coming decades will be. Consequently, the choices we make now as a nation could impact whether Canada’s hydrogen sector grows and succeeds or withers and disappears. This report, A New Hope, explores Canada’s hydrogen opportunity and the potential it holds both for our economy and as a climate solution.
Hydrogen has a number of unique advantages as a climate solution, particularly in sectors that are the most difficult to decarbonize and where alternatives are limited, often referred to as the “toughest third” of emissions. These include trucking, shipping, and the production of steel, fertilizer, and cement. Hydrogen thus offers a new hope for combating climate change, but only if its production is cleaned up.