Inspenet, October 28, 2023.
Colombia committed to decarbonization
In the context of the first Hydrogen and Energy Efficiency Congress of Colombia , held at the Cartagena Convention Center, the National Association of Businessmen of Colombia (Andi) and the Colombian Natural Gas Association (Naturgas) revealed the start of the first hydrogen corridor in the country .
This proposal aims to change the transportation landscape in Colombia and contribute significantly to the commitment to sustainability.
“The hydrogen corridor is not just a concept, it is about rethinking the way we transport cargo, in a country in which more than 95% of goods move by road. As we all know, transportation is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.“, comments Karen Peralta, Director of the Andi-Naturgas Hydrogen Chamber.
According to the data, greenhouse gas emissions in Colombia show a significant contribution from the transportation sector. Approximately 12% of the country’s total emissions come from transportation and within this 12%, 6% is specifically related to freight transportation.
“With this initiative we are taking a very important step in the decarbonization of the country, in order to transport goods with low emissions and the best way to do it is jointly. Imagine a network of refueling stations strategically located in a corridor of our country, where hydrogen trucks can fill their tanks quickly and efficiently. This is not science fiction, it is a reality that we are striving to create and the best way to do it is together“adds the director of the Hydrogen Chamber Andi-Naturgas.
With the purpose of carrying out this initiative, the project will begin with the participation of nine companies, including Ecopetrol, Fanalca, Celsia Fem Energía, Promigas, Linde, Terpel, EPM and TGI . In this first phase, the focus will be on defining the corridors and preparing financing proposals that will promote the technological advancement of heavy-duty vehicles in Colombia.
“Five of the seven hydrogen pilot projects are focused on mobility, it is time to scale and think about projects that integrate the value chain from hydrogen production to its final uses, allowing the country to develop productive chains around hydrogen,” adds Peralta.
In Colombia, significant measures have been taken in this direction. In early 2023, the country’s first domestically assembled hydrogen bus was introduced, with locally developed design and engineering. In addition, it is expected that this training effort will contribute to the creation of 15,000 jobs in this sector.
“To realize this vision, we will need cooperation from government, industry and academia, international cooperation. Collaboration will be our greatest asset. Together, we can decarbonize our transportation sector, reduce pollution and lead the adoption of renewable energy sources. To the load generating sectors, to academia and government entities and to international cooperation, we extend this invitation to join this exciting journey towards a brighter and more sustainable future.”, concludes Karen Peralta.