Pioneering green hydrogen: Vision for Namibia's sustainable future

Chris Movirongo
As the global community tackles the urgent need to transition towards sustainable energy solutions, Namibia's green hydrogen ambition shines as a beacon of hope.
The energy transition presents significant opportunities not only for Namibia but for the entire African continent. It offers the chance for nations to take control of their destiny, harness their resources and liberate themselves from depending on countries lucky enough to have copious amounts of fossil fuels.
Africa in particular holds a unique and competitive advantage in the transition with its vast array of abundant renewable resources, including solar, wind, geothermal and hydro energy. These resources position the continent as a natural leader in the shift towards a green energy and green hydrogen future.

Fortescue Energy recognises this potential. As a globally integrated green technology, energy and metals company, Fortescue Energy stands at the forefront of the green energy revolution, employing cutting-edge technology solutions to drive the world towards a sustainable future and investing in regions with strong green energy potential.
With a commitment to innovation, collaboration and environmental stewardship, Fortescue Energy is poised to revolutionise the energy landscape in Namibia, driving socio-economic growth and fostering a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come.
With a strong existing presence in the region, including African headquarters in Kenya and Namibia, Fortescue Energy is eager to springboard into further engagements with local governments and communities to expand projects even further.

In Namibia, Fortescue Green Hydrogen has already begun to make waves, advocating for a notable shift in the country's energy landscape. Through strategic partnerships with the government and local stakeholders, Fortescue Energy aims to use Namibia's abundant renewable resources to produce green hydrogen, a clean and sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuels.

Gaining momentum
Namibia's green hydrogen ambitions have gained momentum with significant milestones such as the launch of the Southern Corridor Development Initiative and the signing of agreements with the German government. These initiatives align with the country's commitment to the Paris Agreement and its goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
On 18 March 2021, late president Dr Hage Geingob officially launched the second Harambee Prosperity Plan, which outlined the Southern Corridor Development Initiative under the Economic Advancement Pillar. This was Namibia’s first proclamation of its green hydrogen ambitions to the world, which was swiftly followed by the signing of a Joint Communiqué of Intent with the German Government on 25 August in the same year.
Namibia’s Green Hydrogen Council officially launched its green hydrogen strategy at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Looking ahead, Fortescue Energy envisions a future where Namibia emerges as a global leader in renewable energy innovation. By investing in local infrastructure, educating the youth about the green energy industry, and fostering local skills development, Fortescue Energy will empower communities and drive economic growth. On top of this, these initiatives hold the promise of reducing carbon emissions, mitigating climate change, and enhancing energy security for Namibia.

Holistic approach
Operating with a holistic approach, Fortescue Energy prioritises environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic prosperity.
In Australia, Fortescue’s Billion Opportunities programme aims to ensure economic opportunities and growth for the traditional custodians of the regions in which they operate. Since its commencement in 2011, the programme has awarded contracts and subcontracts worth more than AUD$4.6 billion to over 190 First Nations (indigenous Australian) businesses.
By placing people and the planet at the forefront of everything we do, Fortescue Energy is poised to create lasting value for Namibia and its people, leaving behind a positive legacy for future generations.
As Namibia's green hydrogen initiatives gain momentum, Fortescue Energy remains steadfast in its resolve to drive positive change and transformation. By harnessing the power of green hydrogen, the company is not only shaping the future of energy but also paving the way for a more sustainable and prosperous Namibia.
Together, let us seize this opportunity to build a brighter, greener tomorrow for all.

*Chris Movirongo is the country director of Fortescue Energy.