The International PtX Hub: Catalyzing green hydrogen solutions on a global scale
In order to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, significant and rapid emission reductions are needed in all sectors of the global economy. Sustainable, climate-neutral e-fuels and feedstocks based on green hydrogen (Power to X) can contribute to decarbonising a range of industries, including chemicals, fertilisers, steel and cement, as well as parts of the transport sector that cannot directly use renewable electricity.
PtX offers a tremendous potential for our partner countries. Favorable conditions for renewable energy production lead to new business opportunities. Furthermore, the uptake of PtX can contribute to achieving sustainability goals (SDGs) on climate, energy and jobs.
The international PtX Hub aims to leverage these opportunities together with our partner countries by empowering decision makers, providing a network, generating and distributing knowledge and stimulating exchange.
The PtX Hub is located in Berlin, a centre for technological innovation, creativity and political leadership.
Working with our partner countries and organisations, the newly founded International PtX Hub aims to facilitate a global breakthrough in sustainably produced synthetic e-fuels and feedstocks in sectors that cannot directly use renewable electricity. In line with the Paris Agreement (NDC) and Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030), the PtX Hub will:
Integrate sustainable PtX into comprehensive climate strategies
Achieve PtX potential in partner countries
Foster international exchange
Build capacities in partner countries by generating knowledge
The International PtX Hub is being implemented by GIZ and is funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
In 2020 the International PtX Hub will focus its activities on actively shaping the discussion surrounding sustainability criteria. In addition, we will help to elaborate business cases and facilitate market opportunities for Power to X adoption. In this connection, we will work with our global network to develop capacities in partner countries by providing training courses and e-learning tools.
Read more about the activities of the PtX Hub here.
Programme Director Transport and Climate Change,
based in Bonn, Germany
I am currently heading GIZ‘s global projects on transport and climate change TraCS and TRANSfer – both funded by the German Ministry for the Environment. From 2011 to 2015, I have lived in Beijing and headed various sustainable transport projects in China. Interested in a broad range of topics (e.g. urban mobility, freight and logistics, green hydrogen (PtX), electromobility), my passion is to understand and reduce transport emissions. Before joining GIZ in 2009, I researched sustainable mobility at the German think tank Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.
Advisor on Synthetic Fuels
Based in Bonn and Berlin, Germany
I advise on synthetic fuels in the newly established International PtX Hub in Berlin. The hub’s main goal is to catalyse green hydrogen on a global scale. It is funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and implemented by the GIZ.
Before joining GIZ, I was the Deputy Managing Director and Head of Transport Policy at Green Budget Germany, a German environmental think tank, where I focused on economic instruments in air and road transport.
Intern in the field of green hydrogen and Power to X (PtX)
Based in Bonn, Germany
Meeting the commitments under the Paris agreement, innovative and sustainable solutions like Power-to-X are needed. Therefore, I am very excited to work for GIZ. I will support the Team by analysing the PtX potentials of selected countries to target a sustainable and long-term decarbonization of all sectors. Before joining the Changing Transport Team, I gained experience in the transport sector with the implementation of Well-to- Wheel analyses. Additionally, I wrote a concept study for GIZ on a solar powered E-Bike rental to improve the mobility in rural Namibia. I hold a Bachelor´s degree in environmental engineering and am currently a Master´s student at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. I am very happy to join the team and contribute to a sustainable development where no one is left behind.
Advisor of Sustainable E-Fuels and Feedstock
Based in Berlin, Germany
I advise on sustainable e-fuels and feedstock and support the implementation of the international Power to X Secretariat. With our partners, we identify PtX business cases and initiate projects. My goal is a sustainable production, sourcing and allocation of PtX inputs, processes and products, as well as global win-win partnerships. I’m passionate about sustainable transport and love to use my bicycle for commuting regardless of weather conditions and baggage dimensions. Before joining GIZ, I worked for five years at Ecofys/Navigant – a consultancy for the energy transition – and at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto (USA) on energy storage.
Senior Advisor on Renewable Energies and Climate Protection through Renewable Fuels Based in Bonn, Germany
As I was always interested in environmental and climate protection and fascinated by related questions of how the world can adequately secure energy supplies, I have found the perfect job here at GIZ targeting comprehensive and long-term decarbonisation solutions for the whole economy. At the moment I am working to build up a secretariat for sustainable synthetic fuels, otherwise known as PtX. Before joining GIZ in 2015, I supported a renowned Indian think tank in New-Delhi and practiced energy economics both in the German energy industry and at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI). As an economist, I am convinced that effective climate protection is not possible without putting a reasonable price on GHG emissions.
Young professional at the International PtX Hub Berlin,
Based in Berlin, Germany
Since June 2020, I support the International PtX Hub Berlin as a Young Professional Intern. I currently am a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Hertie School. I have a BSc in International Relations and Diplomacy, and during my undergraduate studies I’ve been working as a volunteer with various NGOs in the human rights field.
I believe that climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Some sectors in particular will pose great challenges to decarbonisation and PtX fuels will have to play a key role. I am therefore very happy to join the International PtX Hub and contribute to global climate action.
Head of Global Relations and Networking Based in Berlin, Germany
I enjoy being part of the highly competent and creative start-up team of the International PtX Hub Berlin. Our mission is to catalyse green hydrogen solutions on a global scale, focussing in particular on sustainability along the entire value chain. My role as Head Global Relations and Networking is to liase and partner with international institutions, initiatives, and individuals engaged in Power to X development advancing S4F: Sustainable fossil-free fuels and feedstocks. Prior to working with GIZ, I was a Senior Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for three decades. From 2002 to 2019, I served as Head of the OECD Berlin Centre.
Intern in the field of green hydrogen and Power to X (PtX)
Based in Bonn, Germany
Since October 2020, I support the International PtX Hub Berlin as an Intern. I am an international experienced, open-minded European energy graduate with a high interest in developing and implementing sustainable energy solutions on a local, regional as well global level. I received my master’s degree in International Energy from SciencesPo Paris and I have a BSc in International Relations.
Prior to working with GIZ, I already gained valuable working experiences as a local assistant at the European Parliament as well as working with a consultancy firm specialised in energy & digitalisation.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to catalyse green Power-to-X solutions on a global scale together with the PtX Hub Team.
Intern in portfolio management of the BMU Project Cluster Transport and PtX, based in Bonn, Germany
Since October 2020, I have been supporting the Changing Transport Team as an intern in portfolio management. As a current student of International Economics and Development (B.A.) at the University of Bayreuth, I have a great interest in international cooperation as well as climate policy.
In order to tackle the climate crisis, I believe that humans from the Global North and South have to cooperate more closely in climate change mitigation and share their knowledge. Both transport and energy sectors play a crucial role in this and need to be decarbonised to limit global warming.
I am therefore very happy to join the team and to contribute to the realization of international climate protection within GIZ’s mobility and PtX projects in the Global South.
Torsten Schwab is the new coordinator of the “PtX Hub”. The last years he managed the IKI-project “Climate Neutral Alternative Fuels” in Brazil – BMU’s first PtX project within the PtX Action Program. He has been with GIZ since 2004, promoting the use of renewable energies, first in rural electrification, then in energy planning for specific technologies (solar, wind, bioX), and lately renewables as a source for clean aviation fuels. He holds MSc degrees in both Engineering Cybernetics and WASTE („Water, Air, and Solid Waste Treatment Engineering“), both from the University of Stuttgart.
Intern at the International Power-to-X Hub Based in Berlin, Germany
I support the International PtXHub asanIntern in communications and organisational development.
Before joiningthe GIZ I accomplished my Master’sstudies in International Development at the University of Vienna. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and already gained valuable work experience at an environmental protection NGO as well as at an international marketing agency.
I’m eager to contribute to the PtX Hub in making carbon emission mitigation more eligible in potential partner countries around the globe.Byadvocatinggreen hydrogen solutions and facilitating strong international partnerships I believe that we can collectively promote sustainable development.
I have been supporting the team since June 2020 as office manager.
Since August 2016, I have been working for G520 in the area of rural development, agriculture. (Global project and sector project soil). Before that, I worked for Deutsche Telekom with a focus on business customer care and complaint management.
I am very pleased to be able to support my colleagues.