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 18 leading energy, transport and industry multinationals: Air Liquide, Alstom, Anglo American, Audi, BMW Group, Daimler, ENGIE, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Iwatani, Kawasaki, Plastic Omnium, Shell, Statoil, 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.

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

In this paper we explore the role of hydrogen in the energy transition, including its potential, recent achievements, and challenges to its deployment. We also offer recommendations to ensure that the proper conditions are developed to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen technologies, with the support of policymakers, the private sector, and society.

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