The Ontario government released a discussion paper for the Ontario Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy on November 19, 2020. The discussion is opened for a 60-day public consultation with stakeholders and is set to close on January 18, 2021. Feedbacks from participants will help inform the
creation of the province's first hydrogen strategy.
Some of the major inputs and feedback required from stakeholders are focused on the following topics:
1. The vision for Ontario’s hydrogen strategy
2. Supporting the Environment Plan by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through low-carbon hydrogen
3. Generating economic development and jobs by building a hydrogen industry involving all regions of Ontario to create jobs and facilitate
economic recovery, seek strategic partnerships, and support innovation
4. Promoting energy resilience by considering the value of domestic hydrogen for Ontario’s energy bills and evolving energy system
5. Reducing barriers and enabling action in order to attract investment and create a level playing field between technology options
6. Using hydrogen where and when it makes sense, focusing on areas that are most likely to become cost-effective
With Ontario's commitment to promoting integrated, tangible environmental solutions to tackle climate change, Ontario is creating the hydrogen strategy to harness the renewable fuel’s “tremendous” potential to cut emissions and help the COVID-clobbered economy recover. This follows the announcement from the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Mr. Yurek at the virtual Hydrogen, Sustainability, and Finance Conference as below.
"Our government sees tremendous potential in this new energy source, which can act as an alternative low-carbon fuel to heat and power our homes, as well as in the transportation and industrial sectors," said Minister Yurek. "During these challenging times, it's never been more important to encourage new industries to contribute to Ontario's economic recovery, while addressing climate change through innovative new ways."
The province is inviting feedback from the public, businesses, municipalities, Indigenous communities, and stakeholders on how low-carbon hydrogen and government can
- help lower greenhouse gas emissions
- support a reliable and affordable energy system in Ontario
- help the hydrogen sector in Ontario tap into growing global demand for hydrogen and hydrogen-related solutions; and
- reduce regulatory barriers and support partnerships with the private sector, academia, and other governments.
The Hydrogen Business Council of Canada (HBC) is very pleased that Minister Yurek has made this important announcement today about the government's plan to develop a low-carbon hydrogen strategy for Ontario," said Brad Chittick, President, Hydrogen Business Council. "HBC looks forward to working with and supporting the efforts of our government leaders to make Ontario one of the top 10 hydrogen hubs in North America."
"Hydrogen is yet another emerging energy innovation that Ontario is well-positioned to capitalize on as we transition into a low-carbon future," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. "Our government is proud to support the production of sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy here at home."
"Ontario-made, low-carbon hydrogen presents a real opportunity for businesses, communities, and families across Ontario and the country," said Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy. "This discussion paper is an important opportunity to gain insights that will help position Ontario as a hydrogen leader."
Following public consultation on the discussion paper, Ontario will release its hydrogen strategy in 2021. The strategy will outline hydrogen opportunities in Ontario, including strategies to help Ontario's hydrogen sector compete in the global hydrogen market.
- In addition to fueling trucks and ships, hydrogen can also be used for industrial processes and energy storage and be blended into the natural gas pipeline to heat and power homes and businesses.
- The Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commits the province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
- Ontario recently approved the Enbridge Gas low-carbon hydrogen-blending pilot project, the first of its kind in North America. The project involves blending low-carbon hydrogen into the natural gas supply to approximately 3,600 customers in Markham, Ontario by fall 2021.
- The hydrogen discussion paper is available on the Environmental Registry of Ontario for a 60-day public consultation period.