MGA Spoke at the International Hydrogen Economy Forum and Strategic Lab

Policymakers and industry players came together at the “International Hydrogen Economy Forum and Strategic Lab – Visioning a Hydrogen Economy for Malaysia” organised by the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) together with the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and Nano Malaysia on 30 July 2021.

The Forum was  held in conjunction with the 12th International Greentech and Eco Products and Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2021).

Rosman Hamzah, Secretary General of MGA, spoke at the panel session on “Stakeholders Lab – Hydrogen Economy in Malaysia and The Way Forward” and was joined by the following speakers;

  1. Kamarulzaman Bin Kamaruddin, Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Centre
  2. Colin Patrick, Head of Innovation, Group Research & Technology (GR&T), Project Delivery & Technology (PD&T), PETRONAS
  3. Prof Dr Mohamed Mahmoud El-Sayed Nasef, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  4. James Khong, Chief Operating Officer, FCT Galaxy
  5. Sandra Hon, Director, HT Energy (S) Sdn Bhd (HTES)

Moderated by Ts. Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor, Chief Executive Officer, MGTC, the session discussed broader view on Hydrogen’s development locally and internationally.

Rosman started his opening statement with an introduction to MGA as the lead advocate for Malaysian gas industry and shared that along of natural gas and renewable gases, hydrogen is being recognized as one of the future clean gases.

Leveraging from being a charter member of International Gas Union (IGU), MGA shared initiatives on hydrogen by IGU members in other regions such as the export oriented approach by Australia and Chile and domestic demand creation by Japan and Germany.

Rosman also highlighted the following key takeaways;

  • Malaysia needs a pragmatic & equitable path in energy transition towards a low carbon economy.
  • There is no single silver bullet and all types of energy are required, especially indigenous resource like natural gas.
  • Similar to the socio-economic benefits from a comprehensive natural gas value chain in Malaysia, a hydrogen economy comprising domestic production, delivery and consumption can benefit the country more.
  • Hydrogen from natural gas is the quickest path to expedite growth of hydrogen production. Even in IEA’s Net Zero pathway, blue hydrogen forms 40% of the total hydrogen produced in 2050.

Rosman also shared MGA’s involvement in drafting of the natural gas roadmap and offered to lend its expertise and experience to support drafting the hydrogen economy roadmap.

Watch the recording from the Session that is available at this link