The role of safety in the framing of the hydrogen economy - industrial networks, PPPs, IGOs, national governments and the European union
Efthymia Derempouka, PhD Candidate at Department of Physics and Technology (UoB) will give us more insight into the role of safety in the framing of the hydrogen economy - industrial networks, PPPs, IGOs, national governments and the European union
Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier in terms of both supply and use, that is expected to play a major role in the transition to net-zero emissions. The ambitions to facilitate widespread use of hydrogen in industry and society are reflected in strategy documents published by national governments, intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), public private partnerships (PPPs) and other stakeholders. While the discussion of the emerging hydrogen economy is centered around the benefits for the environment and the prospects for technological innovation and value creation, the implications for safety and risk are often pronounced at a lesser extent.
This talk draws on two recent articles examining the discursive framing of hydrogen safety by influential stakeholders in the global hydrogen ecosystem. The focus is on (i) institutions driving collaboration in innovation, policy and RCS; (ii) organisations representing the maritime and aviation sectors; (iii) relevant industrial networks and PPPs; and (iv) selected national governments and the European Union (EU). Starting point for the analysis is the hypothesis that the conveyed messages are likely to inform priorities in research and policy, and influence among others, the development of regulations, codes and standards (RCS) and the measures adopted for the prevention and mitigation of accidents. The aim is to explore whether and how vital aspects of hydrogen safety are being addressed in this discourse and the extent to which the content is in line with the contemporary state-of-the-art in hydrogen safety.
Efthymia Derempouka, PhD Candidate at Department of Physics and Technology at University of Bergen