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Law and Policy Review on Green Hydrogen Potential in ECOWAS Countries

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West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), Competence Centre, Ouaga BP 9507, Burkina Faso
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West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) Headquarters, Cantonments Accra PMB CT 504, Ghana
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Laboratoire des Energies Thermiques Renouvelables (LETRE), Université Joseph KI-ZERBO, Ouaga BP 13495, Burkina Faso
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Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Wilhelm-Johnen-Strasse, 52425 Jülich, Germany
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Energies 2022, 15(7), 2304; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15072304
Received: 3 February 2022 / Revised: 4 March 2022 / Accepted: 8 March 2022 / Published: 22 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Topic Hydrogen Energy Technologies)
This paper aims to review existing energy-sector and hydrogen-energy-related legal, policy, and strategy documents in the ECOWAS region. To achieve this aim, current renewable-energy-related laws, acts of parliament, executive orders, presidential decrees, administrative orders, and memoranda were analyzed. The study shows that ECOWAS countries have strived to design consistent legal instruments regarding renewable energy in developing comprehensive legislation and bylaws to consolidate it and to encourage investments in renewable energy. Despite all these countries having a legislative basis for regulating renewable energy, there are still weaknesses that revolve around the law and policy regarding its possible application in green hydrogen production and use. The central conclusion of this review paper is that ECOWAS member states presently have no official hydrogen policies nor bylaws in place. The hydrogen rise presents a challenge and opportunity for members to play an important role in the fast-growing global hydrogen market. Therefore, these countries need to reform their regulatory frameworks and align their policies by introducing green hydrogen production in order to accomplish their green economy transition for the future and to boost the continent’s sustainable development. View Full-Text
Keywords: renewable energy; green hydrogen; green economy; laws and policies; ECOWAS renewable energy; green hydrogen; green economy; laws and policies; ECOWAS
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Ballo, A.; Valentin, K.K.; Korgo, B.; Ogunjobi, K.O.; Agbo, S.N.; Kone, D.; Savadogo, M. Law and Policy Review on Green Hydrogen Potential in ECOWAS Countries. Energies 2022, 15, 2304. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15072304

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Ballo A, Valentin KK, Korgo B, Ogunjobi KO, Agbo SN, Kone D, Savadogo M. Law and Policy Review on Green Hydrogen Potential in ECOWAS Countries. Energies. 2022; 15(7):2304. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15072304

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Ballo, Abdoulaye, Koffi K. Valentin, Bruno Korgo, Kehinde O. Ogunjobi, Solomon N. Agbo, Daouda Kone, and Moumini Savadogo. 2022. "Law and Policy Review on Green Hydrogen Potential in ECOWAS Countries" Energies 15, no. 7: 2304. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15072304

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