International Relations

International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE)

  • The 41st Steering Committee Meeting of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) is being held in New Delhi.
  • The IPHE Steering Committee Meetings, held biannually, provide an important platform for developing international collaboration and coordination among member countries, stakeholders, and decision makers. 

About IPHE

  • The IPHE was created in 2003 as an international intergovernmental cooperation led by the United States.
  • Its goal is to accelerate advancement in hydrogen and fuel cell technology.
  • IPHE has 21 member countries and the European Commission is a non-voting member.
  • Member countries include major economies such as the United States, Japan, Germany, China, South Korea, and Canada, as well as India.
  • Additionally, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Singapore have been mentioned in various contexts within the supplied materials, but they are not specifically recognised as IPHE members.

Objectives of the IPHE

  • The IPHE aspires to expedite the transition to clean and efficient energy and mobility systems using hydrogen and fuel cell technology in various sectors and applications.
  • The collaboration serves as a venue for exchanging information about member countries’ activities, policies, technological state, safety, rules, codes, standards, and outreach efforts.
  • Advancing Clean Hydrogen Technologies: IPHE advocates a sustainable future by highlighting hydrogen’s adaptability in a variety of industries as well as its role in decarbonising energy systems.

Key Initiatives: H2 DEIA Platform

  • In 2023, IPHE announced the launch of the H2-DEIA platform in collaboration with the Hydrogen Council.
  • It is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the hydrogen and fuel cell industries.
  • Its goal is to build a diverse workforce, discuss best practices, and promote workforce development in the hydrogen sector. 

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