After a year of unprecedented momentum for hydrogen, the Hydrogen Council, a global coalition of CEOs committed to accelerating the energy transition with hydrogen, has welcomed seventeen new members.
Launched by thirteen founding members in 2017, the Council now counts 109 companies from over 20 countries around the world, bringing together an even wider range of sectors along the entire hydrogen value chain. Indeed, with these new members, the Hydrogen Council continues to grow not only in size but also in diversity.
The announcement comes as the Hydrogen Council and the hydrogen industry worldwide are ramping up efforts for the next stage in the development of the global hydrogen economy.
“We’re delighted to welcome seventeen new companies to our global initiative,” said Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide and Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council. “The variety of industries and geographies represented in the Hydrogen Council demonstrates a widespread understanding that hydrogen is a key element of the global effort for a low-carbon future. Our group will continue to play its strategic guidance role to bring hydrogen markets to scale.”
The Council believes that hydrogen has a key role to play in the global energy transition by helping to diversify energy sources worldwide, foster business and technological innovation as drivers for long-term economic growth and decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors.
“Hydrogen can help deliver a cleaner future for our economies and societies,” added Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Board of Toyota Motor Corporation and Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council added. “Backed by the experience and data provided by over 100 companies, the Hydrogen Council can help the industry to grow and deliver competitive projects.”
On 18-19 January 2021, the CEOs of Hydrogen Council member companies will convene virtually for the coalition’s annual meeting to set priorities for the year to come.
As recalled by Daryl Wilson, Executive Director of the Hydrogen Council, in 2020, a long list of countries and regions announced new hydrogen strategies and committed to concrete targets and financing support for hydrogen as part of their sustainable recovery plans. In 2021, Council members will work to channel this momentum into bold action.