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A brief summary of the official side-event occurring between the 5th and 7th of December in Cape Town, South Africa at the World Science Forum:
As part of a national drive to create a clean, affordable and sustainable energy future for South Africa, the South African government through the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), developed the Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) in 2021.
The Science Diplomacy for Economic Development through Hydrogen (SDEDH) project is an initiative of DSI’s International Office in partnership with Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable andSustainable Energy (CRSES), Impact Hydrogen and Durban University of Technology (DUT).
The SDEDH project seeks to directly support the HSRM through a series of local and international roundtable workshops and follow up engagements. The inaugural roundtable workshop with the theme “Creating hydrogen valleys for South Africa” will unpack the progress that South Africa has made so far in terms of setting up its first Hydrogen Valley as per the recommendations in the HSRM.
In addition, through showcasing of Hydrogen Valleys from around the world and obtaining expert opinions, views and experiences from local as well as international subject matter experts, policymakers, industry role players, financiers and civil society, this workshop aims at establishing how hydrogen can be utilized as lever for social justice in the context of South Africa’s transition to cleaner energy sources. Since this inaugural SDEDH workshop is addressing issues around hydrogen as a lever for social, it is has been declared an official side event of the World Science Forum, whose theme is“Science for social justice”.
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