The Hydrogen Council has today announced four new leading companies have joined the global CEO-led initiative to advance the role for hydrogen in the energy transition globally, bringing its membership total to 145.
Comprised initially of 13 international business leaders from the energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors, in just over five years, the Hydrogen Council now includes close to 150 multinational companies representing the entire hydrogen value chain.
Joining the Hydrogen Council as steering members are Japan’s Asahi Kasei Corporation, Japanese engineering corporation IHI Corporation and Canadian energy infrastructure company TC Energy. Joining as a supporting member is Rotterdam-headquartered Advario, a global player in the storage industry.
These four new members are aligned with the Hydrogen Council’s three main objectives:
- To increase visibility and recognition that hydrogen is a critical tool for energy systems and decarbonization
- To identify and unlock impediments to progress in the realization of the great potential that hydrogen solutions bring to the pressing problems we face including energy security, resilience and sustainability
- To work with and provide recommendations to key stakeholders, such as policymakers, the business community, international agencies and civil society, to foster collaboration and meet shared climate goals
Yoshinori Kanehana, Chairman of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Co-Chair of the Hydrogen Council, said, “We are delighted to welcome these four companies to the Hydrogen Council. The Council has seen strong growth this year with a total of 22 new members from a wide range of geographies and sectors. This highlights the rising interest in hydrogen and affirms hydrogen’s vital role to realize a cleaner and more sustainable society.”
Tom Linebarger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Cummins Inc., and Co-Chair of the Hydrogen Council, added, “I am excited to welcome new members to the Hydrogen Council today. The continued growth in the council’s membership across diverse industries and geographies reflects the critical role that hydrogen will play in the transition to a decarbonized economy.”
Koshiro Kudo, President of Asahi Kasei Corporation, commented, “The promotion of hydrogen utilization on a large scale is essential to realize a decarbonized society. Through participation in the Hydrogen Council initiative, we believe we can contribute to building a hydrogen value chain together with partners and achieve the decarbonization goal.”
Hiroshi Ide, President of IHI Corporation, commented, “IHI is using its advanced technologies, including its fuel ammonia related technologies, to support decarbonization throughout the world. As part of our efforts, IHI is focused on building value chains for ammonia and hydrogen.
“We consider that through the Hydrogen Council initiative, we can together promote the widespread use of hydrogen and ammonia as safe, affordable, and effective tools for rapid decarbonization of electricity production, transportation, and other key industrial applications.”
François Poirier, President and CEO of TC Energy, commented, “North American industry needs to make major strides in decarbonization, and our customers are specifically demanding hydrogen solutions. TC Energy has a competitive footprint because of our existing asset base, and we are well positioned to produce, move, and store clean hydrogen to meet this demand. We look forward to collaborating with our peers on the Hydrogen Council to accelerate the evolution of the hydrogen economy.”
Bas Verkooijen, CEO of Advario, commented, “Our membership reflects Advario’s strategic aspiration to play a front-runner role in developing the hydrogen value chain and overall hydrogen ecosystem, leveraging our expertise and capabilities in import and export structures and logistics solutions.
“We are deeply rooted in the belief that partnerships drive true progress, and trust that we can accelerate the energy transition together with the other members of the Hydrogen Council to realize a greener, more sustainable future.”
About 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. The Council believes that hydrogen has a key role to play in reaching our global decarbonisation goals 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.
Using its global reach to promote collaboration between governments, industry and investors, the Council provides guidance on accelerating the deployment of hydrogen solutions around the world. It also acts as a business marketplace, bringing together a diverse group of 140+ companies based in 20+ countries across the entire hydrogen value chain, including large multinationals, innovative SMEs, and investors.
The Hydrogen Council also serves as a resource for safety standards and an interlocutor for the investment community, while identifying opportunities for regulatory advocacy in key geographies.
Background on the Hydrogen Council’s new members
Asahi Kasei Corporation contributes to a sustainable society by providing solutions to the world’s challenges through its three business sectors of Material, Homes, and Health Care. Asahi Kasei is committed to the realization of a hydrogen society based on its one-stop solution for hydrogen production that has been developed through its long experience in the chlor-alkali electrolysis field.
IHI Corporation is a comprehensive heavy-industry manufacturer working to create value for customers in four main areas – Resource, Energy and Environment; Social Infrastructure and Offshore Facilities; Industrial Systems and General-Purpose Machinery; and Aero Engine, Space and Defence.
IHI is deeply committed to contributing to society through technology, combining diverse engineering capabilities to meet expanding global needs for energy, urbanization and industrialization, and transportation efficiency.
TC Energy is a team of 7,000+ energy problem solvers working to move, generate and store the energy North America relies on. Today, TC Energy is taking action to make that energy more sustainable and more secure. The Canadian firm is innovating and modernizing to reduce emissions from its business. And, it’s delivering new energy solutions – from natural gas and renewables to carbon capture and hydrogen – to help other businesses and industries decarbonize too.
Advario is a leading, privately-owned, midstream company, providing independent energy storage, logistics and marine infrastructure for (cryogenic) liquids and gases. With assets in critical energy hubs and ports around the world, Advario’s strategy is aimed at playing a front-runner role in global decarbonization and the energy transition.
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Joanna Sampson, Communications Manager, Hydrogen Council