Cleaner future for coming generations
During the last few years Iceland has taken a global lead in initiating hydrogen projects. The Government of Iceland was the first to declare its aim to create the worlds first hydrogen society. Following this declaration international cooperation started and for the last 3 years research and demonstration projects have been undertaken with the leadership of Icelandic New Energy Ltd (INE). Now Iceland´s neighbours have joined Iceland with the quest to create a hydrogen society in the North Atlantic region.
To start the initiative key players from Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland with a stong Norwegian participation have decided to form a formal cooperation regarding hydrogen activities, through the North Atlantic Hydrogen Associations.
Many of the island societies in the North are small and already there is a strong cooperation between the regions industry and governments. NAHA wants to build on that cooperation and increase the level of learning and share between governments and industry in a broader sense.
The goal of NAHA, with the participation of its members, is to:
- Spread information between the members and international stakeholders about
hydrogen technology for example by facilitating
1) Public information, seminars, meetings, workshops etc.
2) Publish a newsletter, website etc.
- Undertake education, research projects and new developments concerning hydrogen technology, focusing on the development of the hydrogen technology within the North Atlantic region in general.
- Be an active and constructive partner in supporting governance bodies, institutes and organisations in order to formulate an environmentally sound future policy for industry and services, based on hydrogen as an energy carrier, with specific emphasis on the ties between renewable energy resources and hydrogen.
Preparation for the start-up started already in latter part of 2005 with the support of NORA (NORRØNT ATLANTSSAMSTARV) granted the founding members a support for the start up. Founding members are from the 4 earlier mentioned nations and already preparations have been taken for potential first projects. These ideas will be introduced at the start up workshop taking place in Nuuk, Greenland, between August 8-10th 2006 (see agenda /naha/kick-off_workshop). The goal of that meeting will be to formally kick-off the Association and to facilitate a workshop to open for discussions between members regarding the first projects.
NAHA is open for all interested parties working in the North Atlantic region and we welcome all hydrogen stakeholders to join this new cooperation (www.newenergy.is/naha ).
On behalf of the steering committee I hope to see you all as members and I welcome you to join us for this important step in the beautiful scenario of the captial of Greenland this coming August.
Reykjavík March 28th 2006
Jón Björn Skúlason