By 2050, green hydrogen could increase the gross domestic product of six African countries, including Namibia, by US$126 billion, which is equivalent to 12% of these countries' current GDP.
With global demand for hydrogen projected to rise sevenfold by 2050, new analysis from the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance (AGHA) - and analytical support from McKinsey - quantifies opportunity for the six current member countries of the Alliance - Namibia, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco and South Africa.
The Climate Champions website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) quotes Frans Kalenga, the technical advisor to Namibia's mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo, as saying: "Namibia is perfectly positioned to produce low cost green hydrogen and ammonia for domestic and international markets. The African Green Hydrogen Alliance provides a platform for us to collaborate with neighbouring countries. AGHA's report reaffirms the potential, and provides important recommendations on how we can work together to unlock the extraordinary potential."
High potential in wind and solar energy means that these countries could produce green hydrogen and related products such as ammonia in a competitive fashion, both meeting domestic demand for hard to abate applications like heavy industry and off-road transport, in addition to growing market exports, Climate Champions reports.
The AHGA report identified the European Union, Japan and South Korea as priority export markets - reflecting existing infrastructure and high level of demand from existing manufacturing centres not able to fulfil all their clean hydrogen needs.
Investment of US$450-US$900 billion is needed between now and 2050.
The Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance, with support from the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, the Green Hydrogen Organisation and the African Development Bank, called for greater cooperation between governments and the private sector to unlock the investment needed.