Hydrogen Economy Pilot in Rugao

The extraordinary progress of this on-going project, developed and built upon the successful experience of the GEF funded Fuel Cell Vehicles Commercialisation Demonstration Project, in addition to policy recommendation and demonstrating the operations of fuel cell buses and using hydrogen as a clean source of energy carrier, includes:

1)      Rugao was awarded “Hydrogen Featured Town” by the Government of Jiangsu Province, and “Hydrogen Pilot City” by UNDP China

2)      Rugao became the heart of communication and exchange for the fuel cell industry worldwide, with the successful organisation of 3 International Fuel Cell Vehicle Congresses that attracted respectively 500, 1,200, 2,500 participants

3)      A successful roadshow from Rugao to Nantong and finally Shanghai, and an exhibition featuring multi-city, multi-vehicle type, and multi-manufacturer, quite a feat itself for hydrogen vehicles.

4)       An industrial cluster anchored in the Yangtze River Delta.



Project start date:

July 2016

Estimated end date:

December 2020

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • Project office:

    UNDP in China

    Implementing partner:

    China International Centre For

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Government Of China
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $54,908

    2019 $1,643,705

    2018 $1,977,161

    2017 $2,229,455

    2016 $246,195


    The project was designed to demonstrate the application of hydrogen production and technology in the field of manufacturing and consumer and build the first “Hydrogen City” to demonstrate the hydrogen economy, with the goal of promoting the sustainable development of China and mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change.

    Expected results:

    The strategy consists of component covering the areas of

    ·         Development Hydrogen Economy Development Roadmap in Rugao, the 1st UNDP-China Hydrogen Economy Pilot;

    ·         Demonstration of feasibility of hydrogen production, including generation of hydrogen through renewable energy, industry recycling and reusing, improving production methods and developing related technical standards;

    ·         Demonstration of hydrogen energy storage and refilling station built;

    ·         Demonstration of the application of hydrogen energy in the field of transportation and domestic uses, and development of related technical standards;

    ·         Hydrogen Policy framework and carbon emission trading potential explored based on the hydrogen economy, including the carbon emission reduction methodology development in the area of industry by-product, transportation and home-used distributed heat and electricity generation;

    ·         Increasing the awareness and knowledge among general public and key stakeholders about hydrogen.

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