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Invitation: Local and regional initiatives for Green Hydrogen projects in Southern Africa

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Energy, electricity and ICT for Africa


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Issue 38,July 2021






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Renewable hydrogen and green powerfuel opportunities for Southern Africa.

A webinar hosted by EE Business Intelligence and the U.S. Embassy/USAID in South Africa.



The 4th Green Hydrogen Webinar for Southern Africa is facilitated by EE Business Intelligence, and co-hosted with the U.S. Embassy/USAID in South Africa. The U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Mr Todd P. Haskell will introduce Mr Valli Moosa, Deputy Chair of the Presidential Climate Commission, who will present the opening keynote address.


DATE: Thursday 29 July 2021

TIME: 14h00 to 17h10 SAST (GMT+2)

PLATFORM: Zoom Webinar

COST: No cost, free-of-charge, all welcome





# Todd Haskell, Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim at U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa

# Valli Moosa, Deputy Chair of the Presidential Climate Commission, South Africa

# Dr Sunita Satyapal, Director: Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies, U.S. Dept of Energy

# James Mnyupe, Economic Advisor to the President of Namibia

# Natascha Viljoen, CEO, Anglo American Platinum, South Africa

# Dr Robert T. Do, CEO, SG H2 Energy Global, Washington DC, USA

# George Varma, Partner, Pinsent Masons, Perth, Australia

# James Mackay, Director, Energy Strategy and Infrastructure, PwC, South Africa




This is the 4th in a series of 5 webinars that explore the policies, business case, technologies and opportunities provided by green hydrogen and derivatives in the mining, chemicals, electricity, iron and steel, cement, agriculture and transportation sectors.


The co-hosting of the webinar by the U.S. Mission in South Africa and USAID signals the interest and support of the U.S. Government in green hydrogen initiatives in the Southern Africa region.


The participation of the Deputy Chair of the Presidential Climate Commission is intended to detail South Africa’s positions at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) hosted by the UK in Glasgow from 1 – 12 Nov 2021, and the role of green hydrogen in the decarbonisation, development and transformation of the economies of the region.


Green hydrogen and derivatives are used in sectors which may be difficult to decarbonise and not easily driven directly by renewables-based electricity, including road, rail and air transportation, shipping, and production of steel, cement and fertiliser, amongst others.


South Africa has exceptional endowments of platinum group metals, wind and solar natural resources, and mature mining, petro-chemical, iron and steel, industrial, agricultural and transportation sectors, coupled with low population density and the availability of relatively low-cost land.


This provides a unique opportunity for decarbonisation, re-industrialisation and job creation around the green economy in South Africa.





14h00 – 14h05: Welcome by Chris Yelland, EE Business Intelligence

14h05 – 14h15: Opening by Todd Haskell, U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa

14h15 – 14h30: Keynote by Valli Moosa, Presidential Climate Commission, South Africa

14h30 – 14h50: Presentation by Dr Sunita Satyapal, U.S. Dept of Energy

14h50 – 15h10: Presentation by James Mnyupe, Office of the Presidency, Namibia

15h10 – 15h30: Presentation by Natascha Viljoen, Anglo Platinum, South Africa

15h30 – 15h40: Comfort break

15h40 – 16h00: Presentation by Dr Robert Do, SG H2 Energy Global, USA

16h00 – 16h20: Presentation by George Varma, Pinsent Masons, Perth, Australia

16h20 – 16h50: Q & A facilitated by Chris Yelland, EE Business Intelligence

16h50 – 17h10: Wrap-up and closure by James Mackay, PwC, South Africa




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