Launched at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos at the presence of industry and policy leaders from Europe, Asia and the US, the Hydrogen Council is a global initiative of leading energy, transport and industry companies with a united vision and ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition.

The CEO-level group is currently made up of 16 leading energy, transport and industry multinationals: Air Liquide, Alstom, Anglo American, Audi, BMW Group, Daimler, ENGIE, Hyundai, Iwatani, Kawasaki, Plastic Omnium, Shell, The Linde Group, Total and Toyota – all working together to foster the high-level support for hydrogen technology and ultimately the Council’s aim to see hydrogen technologies play an essential role in the global energy transition.

In the first global initiative of its kind, the ‘Hydrogen Council’ is determined to position hydrogen among the key solutions of the energy transition. Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier with favourable characteristics since it does not release any CO2 at the point of use as a clean fuel or energy source, and can play an important role in the transition to a clean, low-carbon, energy system. Hydrogen technologies and products have significantly progressed over past years and are now being introduced to the market. The Council works with, and provides recommendations to, a number of key stakeholders such as policy makers, business and hydrogen players, international agencies and civil society to achieve these goals.

As global companies from major energy and industrial sectors, it is part of the corporate responsibility to provide solutions to manage the energy transition and move forward to a low-carbon, sustainable economy: joint action is required to tackle this formidable challenge. This is why the Council invites governments and key society stakeholders to also acknowledge the contribution of hydrogen to the energy transition and to work with us to create an effective implementation plan.

 

3 key policy recommendations

We recommend the following actions to policy makers to unlock the contribution of hydrogen to the energy transition:

  1. Provide long-term and stable policy frameworks to guide the energy transition in all sectors (energy, transport, industry, and residential). We will bring in our expertise on the feasibility of decarbonization solutions in each sector.
  2. Develop coordination and incentive policies to encourage early deployment of hydrogen solutions and sufficient private-sector investments. These policies should complement sector policies and provide tools to capture the benefits of hydrogen.
  3. Facilitate harmonization of industry standards across regions and sectors to enable hydrogen technologies and take advantage of scale effects and decrease costs.

How hydrogen empowers the energy transition

We formed the Hydrogen Council to both underpin and leverage the enabling role of hydrogen. This global initiative of 15 players from various industry and energy sectors with global reach is committed to providing guidance to accelerate and expand the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell solutions around world.

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