Report Summary

The Carbon Intensity of Hydrogen Production Methods report shares research on hydrogen carbon intensity (CI) thresholds that could help shape B.C.’s emerging clean hydrogen sector and meet legislated greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2050.

Using the GHGenius lifecycle analysis model, this report quantifies the carbon intensity – a measure of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of energy produced – of possible low carbon hydrogen production pathways that have the greatest potential for application in B.C., including:

  • Electrolytic hydrogen production (Electrolysis)
  • Hydrogen produced from natural gas with carbon capture and storage of carbon dioxide (Methane Reforming)
  • Hydrogen produced from the thermal decomposition of methane at high temperatures (Methane Pyrolysis)

As the market transitions away from higher carbon emitting energy sources, the work undertaken in this study can be used to develop policy, identify and select technology, and invest in production pathways that yield low carbon hydrogen for use in B.C.

This report was produced by Deloitte Canada and (S&T)2 Consultants Inc. on behalf of the B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy, the B.C. Hydrogen Office and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.

Carbon Intensity of Hydrogen Production Methods

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