More than 280 professionals attended the technical workshop on safety in green hydrogen projects

The speaker Fernando Barraza from the Dräger company addressed the challenges of gas detection

Capacity building for professionals is key to advancing the development of green hydrogen and efforts to contain climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean. With this purpose H2LAC  and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (4e) of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH have carried out the Cycle of Technical Workshops on the H2V Value Chain, which on Wednesday 18 January convened more than 280 participants on its fifth day. 

Fernando Barraza, Marketing & Sales Channel Partner Manager of the Dräger company, was the guest speaker, who addressed the topic of safety in green hydrogen projects. The event was moderated by Verónica Chorkulak, technical advisor of the PtX Hub Project of GIZ in Argentina. 

The production, storage and transport of hydrogen entails special safety risks, and handling them requires expert knowledge at all stages of the process. In this respect, Fernando Barraza said that safety education plays a key role, in that professionals must know how to deal with the new challenges for gas detection. 

This is the fifth workshop in the cycle that began in September 2022 and will be held again next March. Both the presentation and the video of the exhibition can be found on the H2LAC platform, together with the previous editions. The cycle of technical workshops on the green hydrogen value chain is supported by the projects H2UPPP and Decarbonisation of the Chilean Energy Sector of the 4e Programme of GIZ Chile together with H2LAC. 

H2LAC is a collaborative platform that seeks to foster cooperation and exchange between different actors to advance the development of green hydrogen and its derivatives in Latin America and the Caribbean through policy dialogue, capacity building and knowledge transfer. It was created by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) together with the World Bank, ECLAC and the EUROCLIMA+ Programme of the European Union and has been operating since November 2021. 

EUROCLIMA Programme 

EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union and co-financed by the German federal government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as by the governments of France and Spain through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.  

The Programme's mission is to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting mitigation, adaptation, resilience and climate investment. It is implemented in the spirit of "Team Europe" under the synergistic work of seven agencies: Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), AFD Group: French Development Agency (AFD)/ Expertise France (EF), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). 


Euroclima is the European Union's flagship programme on environmental sustainability and climate change with Latin America. It aims to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in Latin America by promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation through resilience and investment. 
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