Thirteen leading industry, transport and energy companies have united in the first global initiative of its kind, promoting hydrogen (H2) as the agent to foster the energy transition and help meet climate goals.

The global initiative, called the ‘Hydrogen Council’, aims to voice a united vision and long-term ambition to position H2 as a key solution of the worldwide energy transition in the march towards a 1.5°C world as outlined at COP21.

Co-chaired by Air Liquide’s CEO Benoît Potier and Toyota’s Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, the Hydrogen Council brings together some of the world’s leading industrial, automotive and energy companies with a clear ambition to explain how H2 could be used as a key solution in the mobility, power, industrial and residential sectors.

Potier said that these industries need the development of new strategies at a scale to support these ambitions, but he cautioned, “We cannot do it alone.”

“We need governments to back H2 with actions of their own – for example, through large-scale infrastructure investment schemes,” he explained. “Our call today to world leaders is to commit to H2 so that together we can meet our shared climate ambitions and give further traction to the emerging H2 ecosystem.”

“The much-quoted ‘energy carrier of the future’ has finally become available”

Professor Dr. Aldo Belloni, CEO of Linde AG

A key ambition of the Hydrogen Council, as set out in its How hydrogen empowers the energy transition report, is to accelerate the investments in the development and commercialisation of the H2 and fuel cell sectors. Current investments amount to around €1.4bn ($1.5bn) per year but the organisation hopes key stakeholders will increase their backing with appropriate policies and supporting schemes.

The association will work with and provide recommendations to a number of key stakeholders such as policy makers, business and H2 players, international agencies and civil society to advance its objectives. It will also seek collaboration and cooperation from regional governments, industry and the public.

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Uchiyamada added, “We know that in addition to transportation, H2 has the potential to support our transition to a low carbon society across multiple industries and the entire value chain.”

Professor Dr. Aldo Belloni, CEO of Linde AG, underlined, “Thanks to the substantial progress in H2 and fuel cell technologies in recent years, the much-quoted ‘energy carrier of the future’ has finally become available. It is now up to us – the industry, policy makers and customers – to make full use of the potential these climate-friendly technologies can offer.”

The international companies in the Hydrogen Council are: Air Liquide, Alstom, Anglo American, BMW GROUP, Daimler, ENGIE, Honda, Hyundai Motor, Kawasaki, Royal Dutch Shell, The Linde Group, Total and Toyota. The group met in Davos, Switzerland, for the first time on 17th January, 2017.

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