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Unlocking Green Hydrogen Development in South America

Date & Time

Jul. 15, 2024
11:00am – 12:30pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


South American governments are designing ambitious strategies for the development of a new export that could speed economic development and slow climate change: green hydrogen. Over the next two decades, these and other countries in the region hope to capitalize on their abundant wind and solar energy and hydropower to produce relatively low-cost green hydrogen, a zero-emission fuel.

For now, however, green hydrogen–produced through electrolysis powered by renewable energy sources–is an infant industry in Latin America, with limited production and technological uncertainties. Will countries in South America achieve their ambitious plans for green hydrogen production, storage, and distribution? What are the expectations for the role of green hydrogen in decarbonizing heavy industry, shipping, and other sectors worldwide? How should the United States and international financial institutions support this strategic sector?

Please join us on Monday, July 15 from 11:00am to 12:30pm for a conversation co-hosted by the Wilson Center’s Latin America Program, the Brazil Institute, and the Inter-American Development Bank on scaling up Latin America’s green hydrogen industry to accelerate the global energy transition. This dialogue is part of the Wilson Center’s Latin America Energy Transition Initiative.


Benjamin Gedan

Benjamin Gedan

Director, Latin America Program, Wilson Center
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María Florencia Attademo-Hirt

General Manager, Southern Cone Country Department, Inter-American Development Bank 

Hosted By

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and US institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more

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