The Hydrogen Council announced a major commitment to an ambitious goal of ensuring 100% of hydrogen (H2) fuel used in transportation is decarbonised by 2030 at the Global Climate Action Summit last week.
The global CEO coalition also called on governments to build a global alliance that will create the necessary regulatory frameworks to help make this commitment a reality.
Held in San Francisco, the summit brought together leaders and people from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level”, as well as celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.
Hydrogen Council Co-chairs Benoît Potier and Dr. Woong-Chul Yang took to the stage last Friday to commit to the visionary goal, following on from Al Gore, former Vice-President of the United States of America, who said, “We are putting so much heat into the oceans, we are using the sky as an open sewer, this is literally insane.”
“We put 110 million tonnes of man-made heat trapping pollution up there every day, including today. The cumulative amount traps as much extra heat energy as would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs going off every single day.”
“It’s a big planet but that’s a lot of energy.”
Dr. Yang spoke first, stating, “The Hydrogen Council is the largest, global, industry led effort seeking to develop the H2 economy. The council is constantly advocating that innovative H2 technologies have made great progress in realising a carbon-free energy society.”
“We believe H2 technology can and will play a role in the energy transition. From heating our homes to filling our factories and powering our vehicles.”
“Our vision is clear: by 2050 H2 could meet 18% of the world’s final energy demands, provide 30 million jobs around the world, and prevent 6 Gt of CO2 emissions, which is more than the entire carbon emissions of the United States in 2017.”
Potier then added, “Today we are representing the Hydrogen Council and the CEOs within our coalition. I am proud to announce our new commitment to a goal of decarbonising 100% of H2 fuel used in transport by 2030.”
“We are therefore calling on governments to build a global alliance and the regulatory frameworks to make this commitment a reality. Transport may be a first target but with the right level of support we will see positive effects across many sectors.”
Hydrogen meets digital
The Hydrogen Council also marked its presence at the heart of tech innovation in California, launching a new discussion paper – entitled ‘Hydrogen Meets Digital’ - to investigate four exemplary applications that can particularly benefit from H2. Developed with analytical support from McKinsey, it demonstrates how H2 and digital technologies can work hand-in-hand to drive our energy transition.