Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers on Future Hydrogen Society in Asia and the Pacific


Asian Development Bank Institute

Green hydrogen produced by renewable energy can help tackle sustainability challenges in sectors such as transportation, building development, and power generation, and enable larger-scale penetration of variable renewable energy when combined with emerging low-carbon technologies. Yet, global investment in hydrogen was only $1.5 billion in 2020 or 0.5% of the record $500 billion in renewable energy investment that year.

Asia and the Pacific is leading the way in hydrogen investment, accounting for 73% of the global total in 2020, and toward a hydrogen society in which hydrogen plays a vital role in daily life and economic activities. What is more, Australia, Japan, India, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, and a growing number of countries in the region are proposing national-level hydrogen strategies to accelerate the decarbonization of society and aiming to move forward with their adoption.

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is seeking original, unpublished papers that examine the future of hydrogen society development in Asia and the Pacific. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work during related events in 2022, including an ADBI virtual workshop and ADBI session during the 14th International Conference on Applied Energy (dates TBC). Authors of selected papers will also be contacted about the possible inclusion of their work in the planned edited book.

Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Hydrogen development drivers and barriers, including application cost and feasibility
  • The future of the hydrogen market, with attention to high value-adding conversion and utilization approaches
  • Hydrogen in low-carbon economies and its affordable implementation
  • Hydrogen financing and investment promotion, especially green hydrogen development
  • Role of green finance taxonomy for hydrogen
  • National hydrogen strategies and other policies for promoting hydrogen
  • Global hydrogen trade and production and supply chains
  • Green hydrogen demand in the oil and manufacturing industries and emerging demand in other sectors seeking to reduce carbon emissions
  • New and emerging hydrogen applications, including industrial applications with carbon capture utilization, and storage-equipped projects
  • Hydrogen in national energy systems and impacts on energy security, with attention to the interactivity of hydrogen and other energy carriers
  • Role of hydrogen in the future development of transport, including the road, marine, and aviation sectors
  • Role of hydrogen in achieving Nationally Determined Contributions, net-zero carbon emissions, and other emission targets of countries in Asia and the Pacific
  • Role of hydrogen in decarbonizing business sectors and its impact on production, price, competitiveness, and other performance areas

Submission Procedure

Full papers of around 8,000 words and 150-300-word abstracts in English should be submitted via this link no later than 31 August 2022.

Please include in your paper: the paper title, abstract, introduction, a description of the research background, methodology, results, conclusions, and evidence-based policy recommendations, as well as the name, affiliation, position, and email of each author. One corresponding author should be marked clearly.

The abstract should briefly state the paper’s research purpose, methodology, principal results, and main conclusions.

All papers must contain only original or review work which has not been published, nor is currently under review, by any other journal, conference, or outlet, including working paper series. All paper submissions must also comply with the Submission Guidelines for ADBI Publications.

Submissions from citizens of Asian Development Bank developing member countries are encouraged.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 15 September 2022.

Project Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Dina Azhgaliyeva, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Kaoru Ogino, Asian Development Bank
  • Peter Morgan, ADBI
  • KE Seetha Ram, ADBI
  • Jongmi Son, Asian Development Bank
  • Tetsushi Sonobe, ADBI
  • Veronica Wee, ADBI
  • Chuang Wen, University of Exeter
  • Meng Yuan, Aalborg University
  • Haoran Zhang, University of Tokyo


Inquiries may be directed to both ADBI’s Veronica Wee and Meng Yuan from Aalborg University (link sends e-mail).