While increasing LNG supplies to Germany is the immediate priority, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz highlighted hydrogen as a core focus.

Masdar, the UAE’s renewable energy and green hydrogen company, signed important agreements with RWE to pursue collaboration in a number of offshore wind projects, opening the door to more green hydrogen opportunities.

Robert Habeck, Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, said: “We look forward to closely collaborate on offshore wind, other renewables and hydrogen in the UAE and in Germany.”

The UAE recently shipped its first demonstration cargo of low-carbon ammonia to Germany, according to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), which produces over 300,000MT a year of hydrogen.

The cargo will be delivered to Aurubis, a provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide, that has its headquarters in Hamburg. On arrival in Germany, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) will handle the cargo.

Produced by Fertiglobe, a partnership between ADNOC and OCI, at its Fertil plant in Abu Dhabi’s Ruwais industrial complex, the demonstration cargo is the first of several test cargoes sold to customers in Germany as ADNOC expands its strategic energy partnership across the hydrogen value chain.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is in a prime position to start producing carbon-neutral or green steel, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

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Another report by Siemens Energy and Roland Berger highlighted the MEA region’s potential as an exporter of green hydrogen.

The MEA Energy Transition Readiness Index, found the region is likely to become a hotspot for sustainable energy, with green hydrogen seen as key industry which could accelerate the energy transition.

Read more:  Report highlights MEA region’s potential as green hydrogen exporter

The UAE is targeting a 25% global market share of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 with the launch of its ‘hydrogen leadership roadmap’ at the UN Climate Change Conference last November. Germany will be a key market, along with South Korea and Japan.

Alongside abundant hydrocarbons and existing large-scale hydrogen and ammonia production facilities, it has access to competitive solar PV energy and large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS).