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Knowledge Exchange on Green Hydrogen for the Mediterranean Region

  • Starts: Dec 10, 2020
  • Ends: Dec 10, 2020
  • Location: Virtual
  • By: World Bank Energy Global Practice, CMI and ESMAP
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    Joint Webinar Series of the World Bank Energy Global Practice and CMI.


    Green Hydrogen in Developing Countries: Implications for the Mediterranean Region of the World Bank’s Report
    10 December 2020, 15:00 CET



    Reaching carbon neutrality cannot rely on renewable energy resources and electrification alone and will need the widespread development of hydrogen as a vector of decarbonization. Developing countries in the Mediterranean region with good renewable energy resources could produce green hydrogen locally, generating economic opportunities, increasing energy security, and reducing exposure to oil price volatility and fuel supply disruptions. Moreover, they have the potential of meeting the needs of neighboring developed countries, such as the European Union that has an ambitious program to develop hydrogen demand, besides satisfying local demand.


    To meet the need for countries to understand how to harness the potential for hydrogen produced using renewable electricity (green hydrogen) as part of their energy transition, the World Bank has established a global knowledge program on green hydrogen (ESMAP) and has published a report Green Hydrogen in Developing Countries. The report seeks to advance the understanding of opportunities and challenges of green hydrogen in developing countries by describing examples of green hydrogen pilot applications that have already been deployed in developing countries, bringing to light potential use cases and strategic value, highlighting also technology risks and implementation challenges.


    One of the activities of the CMI Mediterranean Forum on Energy and Climate Change is to monitor the policy, legal and regulatory developments resulting from the adoption of the objective of carbon-neutrality by the European Union and to analyze their implications for energy trade across and around the Mediterranean. One of the key elements of the EU Green Deal, that underlies the COVID Recovery Plan, is a plan for massive development of hydrogen.



    To meet the growing demand for information in this arena, the CMI and the World Bank are organizing a series of webinars to serve countries and regional organizations bordering the Mediterranean. These webinars will serve to promote exchange of information among the key players, assess investments needed to establish a Mediterranean hydrogen market and identify regulatory requirements.
    The first event “Green Hydrogen in Developing Countries: Implications for the Mediterranean Region of the World Bank’s Report” will present and discuss the World Bank/ESMAP report “Green Hydrogen in Developing Countries” to:
    • Describe examples of green hydrogen pilot applications that have already been deployed in developing countries, 
    • Shed light on likely near- and medium-term uses in the industry, transport and power sectors,
    • Highlight technology risks and implementation challenges, and
    • Identify commercial and close-to-commercial applications of hydrogen.


    Next Steps

    Future events will take up specific topics in-depth, such as the potential for trade in green hydrogen in the Mediterranean region, the role of hydrogen in COVID recovery plans and how green hydrogen would create opportunities for innovation and technological development.



    Agenda and event description [ENFR]


    Summary of Presentations and Key Points from Discussions [EN]


    Webinar recording 


    Presentation on Green Hydrogen in Developing Countries, Fernando De Sisternes, World Bank [EN]


    World Bank Report: Green Hydrogen in Developing Countries [EN]


    Further readings:





    Erik Fernstrom





    Erik Fernstrom is the Practice Manager for the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Energy department. His background spans more than 20 years in the Energy Industry, starting with engineering and management positions in Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) working on a broad range of projects in Africa, Middle East, South Asia and East Asia. His work in the World Bank has focused on Sector Reform, Access to Electricity and creating an enabling environment for private sector investments in the power sector.




    Fernando De Sisternes











    Fernando de Sisternes leads the Green Hydrogen Support Program at the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). Since joining the World Bank, he has worked with teams in West Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East on strategic energy planning, energy security, regional market integration, and renewable energy grid integration. Fernando has 14 years energy sector experience previously working for the Argonne National Laboratory (USA), the International Energy Agency (France), Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (Spain), and other organizations as an independent policy consultant with published works in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Energy Economics, Applied Energy, among others. He holds a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy, and a MS in Technology and Policy, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).




    Abderrahim Jamrani



    Mr. Abderrahim Jamrani is the Engineering Director of Masen, electrical energy specialist, he has been active in energy sector for more than 32 years. Head of multidisciplinary engineering team, Mr. Jamrani has to identify the appropriate renewable energy mix to be developed in order to respond Moroccan electrical demand, He is also in charge of the feasibility studies of renewable energy projects and to elaborate the technical terms of reference. During the procurement phase the engineering team manage the technical part of the tender until the financial closing. Prior to Masen, he was the Energy Director for CMH Group a fuel oil supplier (Actually Winxo), has served as Procurement Director for the National Electric Utility ONEE where he worked beyond other on fossil fuels hedging (coal, gas and oil) and hydraulic and wind parks. Mr Jamrani Participated actively in the legal, financial and technical structuring of the Moroccan general rural electrification program ‘PERG’ then in the implementation of the program. The rural electrification rate in Morocco reached 99 recently while it was less than 15 % by 1994. M. Jamrani has a degree in Engineer from INPG Grenoble, France and an MBA from ENPC “Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussée de Paris”. He is married and father of 3 children.


    Barış Sanlı



    Barış Sanlı has worked in Turkish energy sector since 2005 and worked as an engineer, analyst, head of group, deputy director general for energy affairs, as well as adviser to energy regulator commissioner, undersecretary and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.


    Ruud Kempener



    Ruud Kempener is a policy officer in the renewables unit of DG Energy since 2016, where he works on Europe's international cooperation activities, the industrial competitiveness of renewables, and the Commission’s strategies on hydrogen and energy system integration. Before that, Ruud was the Power Sector Transformation Strategies Analyst at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and he was responsible for the initial development of IRENA's global renewable energy roadmap. From 2007 to 2011, Ruud spend two years as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. Ruud received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia and an MSc in Technology & Society from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.


    Dr. Ramabhadran (RB) Balaji



    RB joined the WBG in 2012 after a long career in the Chemicals Industry in R&D, Technology Development, Technology Marketing, Licensing and Technology Transfer, Business and Market Development, IP Management, and Corporate Strategy. As Principal Industry Advisor to the Global Chemicals and Fertilizers Investment portfolio of IFC, he guides the investment teams and decision-making committees throughout the lifecycle of IFC’s investment including Business Development, Due Diligence, Project Execution and Portfolio Supervision. He has lived and worked in four countries and has done business in over 30 countries.  RB leads the IFC’s efforts in helping shape the transformation of the Chemicals Industry to reduce its environmental footprint while sustainably producing the critical chemicals needed for everyday life. His areas of focus include: Green ammonia for fertilizers; Bio-derived and bio-degradable chemicals to wean off global dependence on fossil fuels; Flared gas reduction; Pathways to meeting industry’s energy needs with on-demand renewable energy; and, Carbon Capture and Utilization solutions. RB holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the U. of Akron, Ohio, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the U. of Connecticut, and a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the U. of Madras, India. He has published his research in several scientific journals and presented at various academic and industry conferences; he also holds many patents for his work on specialty polymer films. His complete profile can be viewed at: