On July 12th, 2021, the Labor Energy Partnership held a virtual workshop on hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Ohio River Valley. The workshop, one in a series on decarbonizing the economy, convened leaders from government, labor, and industry for a robust discussion on the value of hydrogen and CCS market formation to the local economy and global energy transition and what is needed from government, labor, and industry to facilitate its development.
Electrifying the transportation and buildings sectors are key for mitigating climate change. But alone, it’s not enough. We still need fuels to affordably store energy for transportation, industrial and power-sector applications. Hydrogen is a clean, flexible fuel. Paired with carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS), this is an innovative option to enable ongoing economic and industrial activity while helping deeply decarbonize the economy.
The Ohio River Valley is an excellent location to demonstrate the value and formation of a hydrogen/CCUS market hub to economic revitalization, union job creation, regional industrial partnerships and bolstering the innovation ecosystem.