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G7: Canada – Resiliency is the road to efficiency

G7: Canada – Resiliency is the road to efficiency

In May, the Group of Seven (G7) agreed to step up efforts to advance commercial scale hydrogen from low carbon and renewable sources across its economies, including support for fuel cell deployment globally. Following this news, and in the run up to the G7 Leaders’ Summit this weekend (Friday June 11 – Sunday June 13) in Cornwall, UK (pictured above), H2 View is bringing you a series of thought leadership articles written by the hydrogen associations in the G7 countries. Next up is Canada.

When a McDonald’s manager has irate customers with flat Cokes because you ran their soda machine out of carbon dioxide during the lunch rush – they can get pretty testy. It can make you wish your systems had been more resilient.

I speak from experience: I ran logistics for a division of Praxair many years ago. Flat sodas may seem a trivial matter, but it’s not trivial when it’s nitrogen for chemical plant safety or oxygen for a hospital. This is why if I ran logistics for a vehicle fleet today, I would be eagerly waiting for fuel cell electric trucks to be part of my fleet.  And I would be petitioning government and industry to deploy low-cost, low-carbon hydrogen and fueling stations as soon as possible.

So I’m delighted the Group of Seven (G7) has agreed to “step up efforts to advance commercial scale hydrogen from low carbon and renewable sources across [its] economies, including support for fuel cell deployment globally”.  Better still, the G7 emphasized the need for energy markets that are “open, flexible, transparent, competitive, sustainable, reliable and resilient”. (Emphasis mine.)

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