At the beginning of 2017, several businesses joined forces to advance the energy transformation and spread the vision of a hydrogen economy. On Jan. 18, 2017, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the heads of thirteen globally operating businesses held a press conference to announce the launch of the Hydrogen Council. The council’s secretary general is Pierre-Etienne Franc, vice president of advanced business and technologies at Air Liquide and formerly board chair of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, and its chair is Benoît Potier, Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide.
Potier explained in Davos: “The Hydrogen Council brings together some of the global leaders in the industrial sector and the automotive and energy industry with a clear ambition to explain why hydrogen has emerged as a key solution for transforming the energy market – not only in transportation, but in industry and the residential building segment. The implementation of such a far-reaching plan requires the development of new strategies. However, we cannot go it alone. We need market stakeholders, such as governments, to support us in our large-scale investment in infrastructure projects. We call on business leaders across the globe to back our efforts in hydrogen development, so that we can meet our shared targets in environmental policy and give new impetus to the growing hydrogen economy.” The council’s strategy paper “How Hydrogen empowers the energy transition” (see download link and Japan Leads the Way – Germany Stays Behind) lays out in detail what this means for the market.
The Members of the Hydrogen Council are so far: Air Liquide, Alstom, Anglo American, BMW, Daimler, Engie, Honda, Hyundai, Kawasaki, Shell, Linde, Total and Toyota.