Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hydrogen Council?

 

The Hydrogen Council is a global CEO-led initiative that brings together leading companies with a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the clean energy transition. Using its global reach to promote collaboration between governments, industry and investors, it provides guidance on accelerating the deployment of hydrogen solutions around the world.

The Hydrogen 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.

Acting as a business marketplace, the Hydrogen Council brings together a diverse group of 109 companies based in 20+ countries and across the entire hydrogen value chain, including large multinationals, innovative SMEs, and investors. The Hydrogen Council serves as a resource for safety standards and an interlocutor for the investment community, while identifying opportunities for regulatory advocacy in key geographies.

The Hydrogen Council is currently composed of CEOs and chairpersons from the following companies:

  • Steering members: 3M, Airbus, Air Liquide, Air Products, Alstom, Anglo American, Audi AG, BMW GROUP, BP, CF Industries, Chemours, Bosch, China Energy, CMA CGM, CNH Industrial (via IVECO), Cummins, Daimler, EDF, ENEOS Corporation, ENGIE, Equinor, Faurecia, General Motors, Great Wall Motor, Honda, Hyundai Motor, Iwatani, Johnson Matthey, Kawasaki, KOGAS, Linde, Michelin, Microsoft, MSC Group, Plastic Omnium, SABIC, Saudi Aramco (via the Aramco Overseas Company), Schaeffler Group, Shell, Siemens Energy, Sinopec, Solvay, thyssenkrupp, Total, Toyota, Uniper and Weichai.
  • Supporting members: ACME, AFC Energy, AVL, Baker Hughes, Ballard Power Systems, Black & Veatch, Chart Industries, Chevron, Clariant, Delek US Holdings, ElringKlinger, Enbridge Gas, Faber Industries, First Element Fuel (True Zero), Fortescue Metals Group, Galp, W. L. Gore, Hexagon Composites, ILJIN Composites, ITOCHU Corporation, Liebherr, MAHLE, MANN+HUMMEL, Marubeni, McDermott, McPhy, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Mitsui & Co, Nel Hydrogen, NGK Spark Plug Co., Nikola Motor, NYK Line, PETRONAS, Plug Power, Port of Rotterdam, Power Assets Holdings, Re-Fire Technology, Reliance Industries Limited, Sinocat, SinoHytec, Sinoma Science & Technology, Snam, Southern California Gas, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, Technip Energies, Tokyo Gas, Toyota Tsusho, Umicore, Vopak, and Woodside Energy.
  • Investor Group: Antin Infrastructure Partners, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, GIC, John Laing, Mubadala Investment Company, Natixis, Providence Asset Group and Société Générale.

How is the Hydrogen Council organised?

The Council is steered by a core group of industry players who meet annually at our CEO event.

The Council is led by two co-chairs from different geographies and sectors, elected by its Steering Members for a period of two years. Each year one of the two co-chair mandates is renewed for continuity.

The structure of the organisation is light and flexible, steered by two Initiative Pilots (representatives of two co-Chairs) and supported by a rotating global secretariat.

What is the objective of the Hydrogen Council?

The Hydrogen Council aims to:

  • Increase visibility around the hydrogen solutions currently available and the progress that has been made in this regard.
  • Advocate for the important role of hydrogen technologies in helping to meet climate goals, energy security and competitive targets, as well as work toward better deployment conditions.
  • Work with and provide recommendations to a number of key stakeholders, such as policy makers, the business community, international agencies and civil society, to achieve our goals.

How will this be achieved?

The Hydrogen Council is an international advisory entity providing a high-level vision for:

  • the essential role of hydrogen for an energy transition
  • the plan to deliver this ambition worldwide
  • the challenges to overcome for large scale deployment

Hydrogen has a role to play in successfully overcoming the challenges ahead and the Council invites governments and key society stakeholders to join them in discussing the contribution of hydrogen to the energy transition and to work with them to create an effective implementation plan – so that the compelling benefits of hydrogen deployment can be reaped.

  • To that end, the Hydrogen Council also seeks to work alongside the global investment community, with the understanding that transitioning towards a low-carbon economy will need nothing less than a paradigm shift and will require large scale investments.
  • By coordinating and funding studies about hydrogen, the Council seeks to provide concrete data and facts to support the further development of the hydrogen industry and serve as a point of reference for key stakeholders world-wide.
  • Finally, the Hydrogen Council works alongside and aims to complement work done by key regional partners in Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas to create strong, global action.