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October 28, 2003

United States to Host a Hydrogen Ministerial Meeting in Late November

DOE, the State Department, and the Department of Transportation will host the inaugural meeting of the International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) from November 19th through the 21st. Ministerial delegations from 13 countries and the European Commission will attend the meeting in Washington, D.C. The IPHE inaugural meeting will feature formal ministerial statements on the hydrogen policies and programs underway in each of the 15 IPHE nations.

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham called for the creation of the IPHE in his speech to the International Energy Agency Ministerial in April. In June, Secretary Abraham called on the international community to join him in a ministerial-level conference to formally define and establish the IPHE. The inaugural ministerial meeting will culminate in the signing of a "Terms of Reference" document, formally creating the IPHE as an international mechanism to coordinate hydrogen research and hydrogen technology development and deployment. See the DOE announcement.

The IPHE Ministerial Summit will immediately follow the LNG (liquefied natural gas) Ministerial Summit, which will bring together energy ministers from up to 24 countries to take a fresh look at the world LNG market place. Secretary Abraham announced the summit in July. For information on both ministerial summits, see the U.S. Energy Association Web site.