The battle to arrest the effects of climate change, as well as wider ‘green’ and clean lifestyle changes such as tackling our plastics pollution, comprises perhaps the single biggest and unifying movement I can personally remember.

We are living in a time when mankind is learning most about the effects of its actions on the planet and its inhabitants, when a war is being waged on emissions and the unnecessary products of our existence (think plastic waste), and sustainability is the word of a generation, globally.

For all of us that are involved in the industrial gases business, this is a movement that transcends our personal lives and increasingly becomes part of the professional day-to-day too. The most obvious examples of this are in the current stimulus for a hydrogen economy, the conviction and momentum for which extends across so many countries worldwide.

We might also point to the traction being gained in distributive LNG, as well as continued efforts in carbon capture and reuse, and the energy efficiencies across so many aspects of our industry.

But there are also very obvious signs of the green movement in the packaged gases business. Compressed industrial gases, fuel gases and refrigerants rely on cylinders for their distribution and as the world goes green, it stands to reason that the trends in cylinder technology are also heading in that direction. Electric vehicles, hydrogen energy, LNG and CNG for transport are all finding their place and cylinder manufacturers, industrial gas operators and end-users are all equally impacted by these dynamics.

”We have arguably never been greener or more conscious of the challenges in sustainability we face, as individuals, as a society, and as industries…What we also see are the very real business opportunities…”

This was a recurring theme in our last edition of gasworld (global) magazine, which focused on the packaged gases business and heard from esteemed players such as Worthington Industries, Amtrol-Alfa, Chesterfield Special Cylinders, and Catalina Cylinders. All have experienced the drive for cleaner, greener fuels on some level and have benefited from the associated business uplift.

We have arguably never been greener or more conscious of the challenges in sustainability we face, as individuals, as a society, and as industries. There is a responsibility and a movement to match. What we also see are the very real business opportunities that such positive initiatives can in turn bring, something that occurs in our conversations with the gases industry on an almost daily basis.