Air Liquide and Linde bosses Benoît Potier and Steve Angel are among 13 CEOs selected to sit on the Hydrogen Council’s new board to provide “bold” leadership through challenging times.

As the world currently navigates the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis – the full scale of consequences for which are still hard to predict – one thing is clear for the Hydrogen Council: this will be a defining moment for the energy transition and hydrogen as one of its key components.

Whether governments maintain an ambitious stance on climate action as part of their efforts to build a more resilient post-Covid-19 world, or dilute, or even abandon, their pre-crisis plans in favour of other priorities, will decide the fate of our energy system for at least a generation, the Hydrogen Council said.

“Despite the hurdles, this is an historic opportunity to bring our current energy systems into a new reality, and we need everyone – businesses, governments, investors and the public – to join forces and help build a more sustainable, secure and resilient energy system, with hydrogen at its core,” the Hydrogen Council said in a statement.

Represented at the highest level by global CEOs, the newly elected board is committed to providing the necessary leadership to demonstrate a powerful vision and decisive action for a better energy future powered by hydrogen.

Elected on 19th March, the Hydrogen Council Board consists of:

  • Air Liquide: Chairman and CEO, Benoît Potier
  • Anglo American: Chief Executive, Mark Cutifani
  • China Energy: President and CEO, Liu Guoyue
  • Cummins: Chairman and CEO, Tom Linebarger
  • ENGIE: Executive Vice-President, Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet
  • Faurecia: CEO, Patrick Koller
  • Hyundai Motor Group: Executive Vice Chairman, Euisun Chung
  • Johnson Matthey: Chief Executive, Robert MacLeod
  • Royal Dutch Shell: EVP New Energies, Elisabeth Brinton
  • Sinopec: Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Directors, Wensheng Huang
  • Linde: CEO, Steve Angel
  • Total: CEO, Patrick Pouyanné
  • Toyota: Chairman of the Board of Directors, Takeshi Uchiyamada

Backed by the full Hydrogen Council membership of 80+ world-renowned companies who recognise the massive potential of hydrogen and share the mission to scale up solutions, the Hydrogen Council said it stands together ready to accelerate collaboration and contribution during this deeply challenging time.