Interview with Barbara Jinks

Barbara Jinks

Advisor on green gases

Barbara Jinks partners in this interview and emphasises the central role of incentives and global collaboration in promoting certified hydrogen use and trade. At EGATEC, her focus will be on clarifying misconceptions and promoting global communication on hydrogen certification.

We were delighted to have had the opportunity to speak with her upfront. As an advisor on green gases, her insights provide valuable impulses on future energy supply. 

1. What incentives can be created to promote the use of certified hydrogen and facilitate international trade?

Governments play a crucial role in incentivising business to invest in a new product, such as hydrogen for fuel and heating, and in facilitating its trade. Incentives include:

  1. showing support for renewable or low-carbon hydrogen trade at a policy level – thereby providing investors and developers with confidence in the new commodity;
  2. collaborating between nations and establishing internationally-agreed regulatory frameworks that allow trade, such as international standards for calculating the footprint of hydrogen, internationally recognised certification systems, trade rules, and the labelling of hydrogen and its derivatives; and
  3. providing long-term vision and certainty for hydrogen trade.

Consumers can also create incentive for the trade of certified hydrogen by making it clear what footprint will be accepted.

2. Why is it so important that we talk about hydrogen certification at EGATEC?

It is important to talk about hydrogen at EGATEC because there is still a lack of understanding of the best use of hydrogen, its limitations and what is needed to convert the industry sectors that need it most. There are still wrong myths flying around!


There are many policies, studies and initiatives that discuss the issues related to hydrogen; it is important that people know about where they can find these. As the 2022 G7 Hydrogen Action Pact concluded: govts need more global communication and collaboration on how to trade hydrogen – it is a global challenge.

3. What do you want to achieve by participating in EGATEC?

Mythbust! Also I hope to update the audience at EGATEC on the latest developments in green hydrogen. EGATEC will let people know where to get more info and encourage them to share information in their networks.

Thank you for the interesting perspective! We are already looking forward to your contribution at EGATEC this year in Hamburg and the shared discussions.