Sustainability Assessment of Harmonised Hydrogen Energy Systems: Guidelines for Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment and Prospective Benchmarking (SH2E)

Within the SH2E project internationally accepted guidelines for the sustainability assessment of fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) are developed and demonstrated. More specifically, these guidelines will be a common ground addressing the environmental (LCA), economic (LCC) and social (S-LCA) Life Cycle Assessment of FCH systems to establish its Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA). These guidelines aim to be globally accepted as the reference document for LCSA of FCH systems and set the basis for future standardisation, going beyond the update of past initiatives such as the EU’s FC-HyGuide project and the IEA Hydrogen Task 36 through their reformulation to deal with underdeveloped topics such as material criticality and prospective assessment.
One of the main tasks led by the STE is the review of material criticality indicators within LCA to define the most suitable material criticality indicator for FCH systems.

Project Duration
January 2021 to June 2024

Funded by
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (JU), European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme

Project Partners
IMDEA Energy
Fundacion para el Desarrollo de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Hidrogeno en Aragón (FHa)
Comissariat à l'énargie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)
The Institute of Applied Energy (IEA)
Associated Partner: Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Project Manager IEK-STE
Dr.-Ing. Petra Zapp

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Dr. Petra Zapp
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institute of Energy and Climate Research
Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE)

Project Website

Last Modified: 10.01.2023